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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- ries.

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- ities.

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.


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