Christian Soldiers

Conservative politicians and Christians in Australia are learning to speak in tongues - each other's. Last July, Treasurer Peter Costello told an ecstatic congregation of pentecostalists that the country needed "a return to faith and the values on which our society was founded - the values of the Ten Commandments, respect for other people, respect for their property." The same month, Christian and family-values lobby groups, fearful that Labor would derail an amendment barring same-sex marriage, brought 1,100 polite protesters to Parliament House - and secured an instant pledge from the party to fast-track the change. Before the Oct. 9 federal...

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