Australia’s left-wing, atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard embarrassed herself today by scheduling this year’s parliamentary election for September 14. For those keeping score, that’s Yom Kippur. A strict observance of Yom Kippur bans all normal worldly activities, so Orthodox Jews will be forced to choose between voting and properly observing the holiest day of their year.
Deeply disappointed that Julia Gillard chose to hold the election on Yom Kippur – the most solemn and sacred day of the Jewish year.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 30, 2013
Disappointing that PM calls an election on Yom Kippur, the holiest Day of the year for the Jewish Comminity #auspol
— David Southwick (@SouthwickMP) January 30, 2013
Jewish woman on radio explaining importance of YK, and the prayer said for those who died in the Holocaust. Gillard an #idiotonstilts
— Ruth Bonnett (@Bris_Central) January 30, 2013
Julia Gillard to offend the Jewish Community by running a General Election on an important Holy Day. #typical
— Edward Sage (@EdwardCharlesSa) January 30, 2013
— Devorah (@DearDevorist) January 30, 2013
A number of people pointed out that Jewish voters could cast absentee ballots, as many do in normal elections on Saturdays. This is still a major faux pas; however, Gillard’s supporters seem singularly unmoved by a clear act of cultural insensitivity.
Oh FFS. Shut the hell up, idiot. RT @turnbullmalcolm: Deeply disappointed that Julia Gillard chose to hold the election on Yom Kippur
— Manda (@missamanda) January 30, 2013
Wonder how many other Coalition tweeters will jump on the Yom Kippur bandwagon. #npc
— Marian Dalton (@crazyjane13) January 30, 2013
Funny how all of this leftist talk about respecting other faiths goes out the window when lefties do it. Oh, and seeing as the election is looking to be very close, a few thousand disenfranchised Orthodox Jews could be the difference between Gillard and her conservative rival, Tony Abbott. Nice work, Prime Minister.