According to Glenn Milne, Kevin Rudd’s visit to a New York strip club gives lie to "his claims to be a churchgoing family man who counts as his hero Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor martyred by Adolf Hitler." But what would Bonhoeffer say?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer took right and wrong seriously. Confronted by Nazism he took a stand that cost him his life. But he had little time for pastors who grubbed around in other people’s personal lives. In a letter he wrote from prison, he likened them to "gutter journalists":
The secrets known to a man’s valet — that is, to put it crudely, the range of his intimate life, from prayer to his sexual life — have become the hunting-ground of modern pastoral workers. In that way they resemble (though with quite different intentions) the dirtiest gutter journalists — do you remember the Wahrheit and the Glocke, which made public the most intimate details about prominent people? In the one case it’s social, financial, or political blackmail and in the other, religious blackmail. Forgive me, but I can’t put it more mildly.
From the sociological point of view this is a revolution from below, a revolt of inferiority. Just as the vulgar mind isn’t satisfied till it has seen some highly placed personage ‘in his bath’, or in other embarrassing situations, so it is here. There is a kind of evil satisfaction in knowing that everyone has his failings and weak spots (p 127).
In an article for the Monthly, Rudd described Bonhoeffer as the man he admired the most.