Is the law the freedom to discriminate? | Glen Innes Examiner
The Commonwealth Government’s “freedom of religion” bill has been postponed until early next year. This is not a bad thing, because it gives time to see how bad the law is. It should really be called the “religious discrimination bill”.
We only have to look at the Inquisition in pre-Enlightenment Europe, or Afghanistan today, to see the extremes of behavior and discrimination possible when religious beliefs hold the rule. State.
Freedom of religion has traditionally meant that you can believe, reunite with others, and worship without being discriminated against. It was not about imposing your beliefs on others.
We already have the freedom to believe and worship as we want. If your religion is strongly linked to your cultural or racial origin, there are additional protections in existing anti-discrimination laws.
What those pushing this bill really want is the freedom to discriminate against others. They want the freedom to impose their views and beliefs on the rest of us in our ordinary life and work.
This law will allow a group of citizens to discriminate against others simply because they believe a, b or c and the others do not. It’s not just about being gay. If you are divorced or a single mother, then you fall into the naughty square.
This is particularly infuriating after the Royal Commission on Residential Child Abuse revealed flaws in the way churches and schools have historically handled and investigated complaints.
Treating individuals with special characteristics unfairly is the reason anti-discrimination laws have been enacted.
Consider one aspect of the legislation – strengthening provisions that allow religious institutions and schools to discriminate in employment against people who they believe do not conform to the demands of their faith.
Under this legislation, those against whom schools or religious institutions discriminate will pay for the privilege through state aid funded by their taxes.
At the very least, if this bad law is passed, any school or other religious institution that uses it to discriminate against people should not get public funding.