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New Australian PM says he'll 'turn the other cheek' after his faith is mocked on TV
Australia's new Christian prime minister has chosen to "turn the other cheek" after the country's national broadcaster ridiculed his faith.
A pair of comedians on the satirical television show Tonightly on Monday, mocked Scott Morrison and sang: "You've got to love thy neighbour unless they vote Labour or are foreign or gay."
Other controversial lyrics included, "we love Jesus, Jesus, but not refugee-us" and "to do what pleases Jesus, deny them all visas."
The Times reports that the evangelical politician responded to the network that permitted the footage to be aired.
"The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) can be numpties every now and then but my faith teaches me to love each other and to turn the other cheek," Mr Morrison said.
While immigration minister from 2013, he implemented bills that deterred asylum seekers and opposed legal recognition of gay marriage.
The skit performed by comedians introduced as a Christian rock band that perform at Mr Morrison's Horizon church in Sydney, has since received backlash on social media.
On a Facebook response to the Tonightly act, one user wrote: "This is abhorrent editorial garbage. Completely disrespecting the views of many Australians and faith."
"Would they do this if he was a Muslim?" another asked.
The ABC has defended the performance and said the satirical skit was not an attack on Christianity.
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