Stand up for religious freedom in Australia
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have recently announced legislative changes to protect religious freedom in Australia following the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review, however those changes are insufficient.
Alarmingly, the proposed changes will not comprehensively protect religious freedom instead viewing belief as an exemption. This "privilege" could be easily revoked at leisure rather than it being a fundamental human right.
Furthermore, the ability for someone to conscientiously object to a practice or belief will not be adequately protected.
The bottom line is that there are no solid guarantees that the proposed laws will actually protect those publicly expressing their beliefs in the workplace and elsewhere - whether that be schools, charities and other faith-based organisations that are not churches or church affiliated.
Freedom of religion is a basic, inalienable human right and deserves the highest recognition and protection by government.
Since Australia is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Federal Government should regard freedom of religion through the expression of thought, belief, speech and conscience as positive rights rather than treat them simply as narrow exemptions or afterthoughts.
To many followers of Jesus, faith isn't just a private, obscure aspect of their lives. Indeed, faith has broad implications for all of life. Not only does it shape the way we think and feel but it also has a huge bearing on how we interact with those around us. This freedom arises from the innate human capacity to order one’s life through thought and reason rather than by instinct or fearful compulsion.
If your faith is important to you, please petition Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney General Christian Porter urging them to enact laws that provide comprehensive protection for religious freedom.
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