Freedom of religion plays out in every facet of life

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Freedom of religion plays out in every facet of life

With the government having received the report of the religious freedom review, both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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23 Responses to Freedom of religion plays out in every facet of life

  1. stackja

    Christians will be reassured?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Not going to happen. The new totalitarian Green-Progressive religion is attempting to crush all who oppose the worship of their dogma. This won’t change since almost none of the new religion’s tenets are based on fact, therefore its adherents cannot be persuaded by reality

  3. Roger

    both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

    Is that a core promise?

  4. Fat Tony

    Roger
    #2719698, posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:03 am
    both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

    Is that a core promise?

    It will be – to the mussies, at least

  5. JohnA

    With the government having received the report of the religious freedom review, both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

    Since there are none in place now, the result will be as BoN says. There will be only a de facto protection racket for the two favoured religions – one dating from the 7th century and the other from the 20th (cultural Marxism, masquerading as feminism and environ-mental-ism).

  6. A Lurker

    Since there are none in place now, the result will be as BoN says. There will be only a de facto protection racket for the two favoured religions – one dating from the 7th century and the other from the 20th (cultural Marxism, masquerading as feminism and environ-mental-ism).

    Exactly, and persecuted Christians will be as usual thrown to the wolves.

  7. None

    The fact that they even had a religious Freedom review tells you that religious Freedom such as it is in this country is under threat.

  8. Mother Lode

    The protections now in place? In a previously open and free society like Australia there were no need for legislated (as in defined, delineated, conditional, limited freedoms).

    Protections consisted in common sense and mutual respect.

    When they write more and more legislation the new laws will not conflict with existing protections written down in laws.

    Besides, if they needed this review, doesn’t that mean that ‘existing’ protections are already inadequate? Otherwise they would be looking at how other ‘freedoms’ are being restricted by religious statutes.

    Politicians really are the most worthless tinkerers who have no sense of the scale of society.

  9. nemkat

    The Catholic and Protestant Churches won’t even exist in 10 years time, but that’s not so much the fault of the State as it is the fault of the totally discredited Churches.

    Christianity will continue to do okay though, with or without State assistance.
    Imho.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    “The new totalitarian Green-Progressive religion is attempting to crush all who oppose the worship of their dogma”…except the followers of the peodophile prophet.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    What will happen to the gangrene Gaia worship when they active their plan to fill our country with muslim voteherds? We all know that Islam tolerates no opposition ,the ole Gaia mob will have to fing[dcatacombs to worship the green gods . The mussies it will reopen the old power stations and clearfell forest to fuel them ,they are used to no trees . The indigenius mob will be in bother too no welfare under islamofascist ,try the abo trick and you will be right in it . Religion is great innit?

  12. Boambee John

    …except the followers of the peodophile prophet.

    Who undoubtedly regard every aspect of the Green-Progressive religion with utter contempt, but will let the so-called “progressives” make the early moves, then close in for the kill when the genuine threats to Muslim ambitions have been disarmed and demoralised. The Multi-coloured flag people, L, G, B, T, I, and whatever the latest addition is, will leave tall buildings without a lift, the athiests will get the chop (literally) and so on.

  13. Chris M

    So if the religion instructs its followers to kill all not of their faith?

    Freedom of religion is essential in the Christian based West but kinda all goes to poo once you willing invite large numbers of hostile and violent pagans in. But we should just submit right?

  14. Bushkid

    both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

    Wow, that’s big of them.

  15. Bushkid

    So if the religion instructs its followers to kill all not of their faith?

    That’s why freedom FROM religion is actually just as important. When someone else’s religion dictates that I should die because I’m not like them, or that I should be compelled to pay a special tax to that “religions” followers just to be allowed to live in my own country, then that “religion” loses all right to exist in my country. F*** ’em!

  16. P

    nemkat #2719864, posted on May 25, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    The Catholic and Protestant Churches won’t even exist in 10 years time, but that’s not so much the fault of the State as it is the fault of the totally discredited Churches.
    Christianity will continue to do okay though, with or without State assistance.
    Imho.

    The years roll on.
    One after another, they spend themselves
    on the shifting sands of Time.
    Like waves upon the sea shore, the succeeding years
    relentlessly toll the onward march of Time.
    The greatest utterances of men are lost
    in the never-ending drone of the incoming surges of the tide.
    Like the cries of sea birds, the voices of the world’s statesmen
    are heard for a moment and then are hushed for ever.
    Centuries pass by.
    Times change, and we with Time.
    Empires rise and fall.
    Kingdoms crumble into dust.
    So, relentlessly, the years disappear.
    Yet, the waves upon the sea-shore unceasingly deliver
    their unchanging message.
    They testify to the decree of Him, Whose design it was
    that all earthly things shall pass.
    ‘Behold the birds of the air . . .
    Consider the lilies of the field how they grow . . . ‘
    And yet, withal, the mighty ocean, thundering against the
    rockbound cliffs, proclaims this imperishable manifesto –
    ‘Behold, I am with you all days,
    even to the consummation of the world’

  17. Chris M

    The Catholic and Protestant Churches won’t even exist in 10 years time

    P – perhaps he means Christ will return for the Church within 10 years in which case yes, no more denominations only the saved and the eternally damned.

  18. Norman Church

    It is a sorry state we have reached when a freedom apparently only exist in the form of a legislative grace and favour. As a mealy mouthed carve out to the total control exercised by the all pervasive state. Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler would look on this expression of totalitarian orthodoxy admiringly.

  19. Norman Church

    Exists. Fat fingers and a few glasses of red.

  20. Jimf

    As a conservative but atheist fella , it’s a strange point in time right now where even though I have no investment at all with formalised Christianity , I find myself a supporter of their values . The virus of Left ideology and the insidious creep of Islam moves me to want to protect the Christian faith as it seems a proxy for decency in a society of moral waste. I’ll never be a church guy (but hold no ill will to those that are), but I find myself cheering for those that want to protect values within a Judeo-Christian faith. Even as a disinterested observer of organised religion, I find cowardly pricks like the hypocrital Fitzsimmons abhorrent. Because of the rise of Islam0-fascism I’m guessing ppl like me want to see Christianity stay resolute and fight back.

  21. Jimf

    A genuine question – are many on the Cat active church goers, or like me are you a defender of Christian faith simply because it at least represents western values and is under attack? On a libertarian site I’m surprised to see a general thread of strong faith here.

  22. Ellen of Tasmania

    both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that are now in place.

    What protections are they, exactly? As-long-as-I-keep-my-views-between-my-ears-and-don’t-even-mention-them-around-the-dinner-table … those protections?

    Totalitarians brook no dissent.

  23. Chris M

    Jimf the West is built on the bedrock of the Holy Bible. I can understand agnostics (they haven’t gotten around to studying it yet) but the vocal anti-theists you refer to really despise their own culture and freedoms. They hate not only God but the West.

    See “The book that made your world” by professor Mangalwadi
    …..

    In other news Tommy Robinson has been arrested; the UK is quite on par with the CCP.

    In the latter you would be sent for re-education, in the UK it’s a cell among the hardcore Moz inmates = outsourcing capital punishment.

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