Written in response to a report by Dennis Hokama in the most recent issue of Adventist Today.
She: Hear you’re getting a new dog!
She: Looking forward to choosing it?
She: Bet you’re going for a puppy, not a grown up.
She: What kind are you looking for?
She: I ask you what kind of puppy you want and you say “none?”
She: You don’t care if the puppy comes with papers. Is that what you mean?
In any significant election campaign, such as that we have recently endured in Australia, it does not take long to hear politicians of all types wanting to claim “family” as a particular marker of their cause. From an appeal to “working families” to the ubiquitous “family values,” this terminology is invoked—however vaguely—to urge the importance of our voting behaviour. As Amanda Lohrey puts it, “‘family’ is the most powerful metaphor in politics today” (“Voting for Jesus,” Quarterly Essay, 2006).