The Conservative Party is warning that religious freedom is being weakened in Australia society after Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called for the introduction of a new religious discrimination act to protect it.
The Australian newspaper reports, Mr Tehan’s push for the new law comes ahead of the release of a key review into religious freedoms led by former Liberal attorney-general Philip Ruddock that reported to government in May after being inundated with thousands of submissions following the passage of same-sex marriage last year.
Mr Tehan is warning that the “creeping encroachment from the state on religious belief” is a key issue given new conflicts in the areas of euthanasia, same-sex marriage and the seal of the confessional.
However, he said the main threat to religious freedom was the growing influence of empowered minorities that used political correctness to challenge traditional beliefs and customs.
“We have not realised Martin Luther King’s dream of a society where you are judged by the content of your character, not the colour of your skin,” Mr Tehan said. “Instead we have woken up to a nightmare where the value of your contribution to a debate depends on what you claim to be a victim of.”
Conservative Party Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton says Conservatives were warning that this should all have been sorted out before last year’s same-sex-marriage plebiscite.
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