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Religious discrimination bill

RoarEmotion

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I wonder what portion of the community support these laws?

I’m an atheist and normally doesn’t give a stuff whether people believe in the Easter bunny, Zeus, Father Christmas or any other version of a god. I’m no LGBTQ activist either but for some reason this bill gets my goat.


It seems that those in power do not represent the community as a whole and can pass laws that put religious views into law and have lots of taxpayer dollars directed towards religious institutions.

I was watching ‘For All Mankind’ with my son and it was exploring in a fictitious 1974 how a lesbian and a homosexual in the space program chose to marry so as to not bring disrepute to the organisation and be able to keep their jobs. I was talking to my son how in many countries it was illegal to perform homosexual acts. He asked me where and I said I didn’t really know but thought it would be mainly in the Middle East and driven by the Muslim religion.

Google found this https://www.humandignitytrust.org/lgbt-the-law/map-of-criminalisation/?type_filter=crim_lgbt and when you read the penalties - death by stoning, life imprisonment, 10 years imprisonment etc etc it’s a pretty sobering map.

How do others feel about this law?

What actions would you take if you oppose? Would any be successful ?

Seems to me a complete change out of 55 year old white men in leadership positions would need to occur to change the political landscape and an active drive to get rid of religious SI in political circles.
 

Baloo

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He asked me where and I said I didn’t really know but thought it would be mainly in the Middle East and driven by the Muslim religion.
Singapore, and not for religious reasons.

As for religious organisations defending their right to only employ those who align with their beliefs, I think there is a very simple solution in Australia.

If a religion chooses to discriminate on the grounds of not being inline with the religion's beliefs, the government should
a) stop any/all grants that religion gets
b) remove that religion's tax exemption status

With those two laws in place institutional intolerance would vanish.
 
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RoarEmotion

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Singapore, and not for religious reasons.

As for religious organisations defending their right to only employ those who align with their beliefs, I think there is a very simple solution in Australia.

If a religion chooses to discriminate on the grounds of not being inline with the religion's beliefs, the government should
a) stop any/all grants that religion gets
b) remove that religion's tax exemption status

With those two laws in place institutional intolerance would vanish.

My view is religious organisations should receive zero funding and tax exemptions in the first place. I despise that any of the tax I pay funds religion. Redirect it to social organisations - promote community, critical thinking, supporting children in broken households etc.
 
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Baloo

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Redirect it to social organisations - promote community, critical thinking, supporting children in broken households etc.
That's what religious organisations claim to do. Salvo's - Religious org but no doubt worthy of funding.
 

RoarEmotion

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That's what religious organisations claim to do. Salvo's - Religious org but no doubt worthy of funding.

There is probably a halfway house. Would be difficult to draw a line though and it sure there are good outcomes out there too.

Can a non religious body receive funding from the same pot? - as long as there is competition for these funds irrespective of religious affiliation and on a social help criteria then that would seem reasonable / along with transparency to the public on how the funds are spent.
 

tigerman

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The religious right are infiltrating federal and state seats all round Australia, a lot of them Pentecostals.

There's plenty more Scott Morrison's waiting in the wings.
 
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DavidSSS

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I see no reason why religions should be treated differently to any other organisations. If they are a non-profit then they would not pay tax anyway, can't see why they get tax exempt status at all.

Why they should have some sort of exemption from equal opportunity laws is beyond me.

Sounds like a good reason to answer "no religion" in the census tonight (apart from just answering the question honestly).

DS
 
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