3 July, 2021
We have no religious freedom
TRUE religious liberty does not exist in Australia. Sure, we can go to church and read the Bible but try espousing some of the more difficult faith-based views and see where it gets you. By George Christensen
In rugby player Israel Folau’s case, it got him fired and suspended from the game he loved. In Catholic Archbishop Julian Por- teous’ case it got him a referral to an an- ti-discrimination tribunal.
In Dr Jareth Kok’s case it has likely
cost him his medical career.
Don’t believe me? Just do a Google
search on their names and read their sto-
The sad truth is we are not truly free to
express our faith in Australia.
The problem has come about mainly due to State laws that seek to put sexual identity and other such considerations above and beyond freedom of faith.
It has also come about due to woke cor-
porations and institutions waging ideologi-
cal war on anyone who dares challenge the
progressive zeitgeist, even if the challenge
emanates from their faith.
To deal with this situation, the Morrison
Liberal National government promised at
the last election to enshrine religious liber-
ty into law.
To date, this has not been done. Worse still, draft laws that were mooted last year are woefully inadequate, giving huge concessions to the gripes of left-wing activists and their friends in the media in- stead of truly protecting people of faith.
To truly live up to commitments that the
government gave to Christians and people
of faith, the government must pass its pro-
posed Religious Discrimination Bill with
appropriate amendments that ensure that
“religious activity” is broadly interpreted
and that religious charities are able to act
in accordance with their beliefs regardless
of their involvement in commercial activ-
The bill must also ensure that corpora-
tions don’t get away with sacking workers
for espousing their faith because they may
suffer “unjustified financial hardship” and
that there isn’t wriggle room for ongoing
attacks on freedom of faith with such sub-
jective exemptions for speech or actions
that someone can deem as “vilification”,
“harassment” or as “unreasonable”.
That way religious liberty may be restored in Australia.