Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 24 Feb 2013.
If the past five years have seen an extraordinary effort on the part of the Australian church to defend the civilizing capacity of man-woman marriage, the next five years may well be given to defending the right to religious freedom in the face of growing attacks on such freedom from those opposed to all freedoms but their own.
The federal government’s increasingly shaky push to consolidate anti-discrimination legislation is just the tip of the iceberg. Tinkering with already effective human rights laws is an expensive mistake that will not guarantee better protection of human rights. It may may do the opposite.
As managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby Jim Wallace says:
It is absolutely essential for free speech and freedom of religion that people are able to express and live their views about family, marriage and life in the public square without fear of being subject to an anti-discrimination claim because their views differ from others.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.