Religious freedom made a loud return to mainstream media headlines this week after Fairfax media released a series of articles claiming to leak the contents of the long-awaited Ruddock report into religious freedom.
According to Fairfax, the report calls on the Government to “enshrine” the right of schools to turn away gay children and teachers and warns against any “radical” push to let businesses refuse goods and services such as a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Initially, Prime Minister Scott Morrison accused Fairfax of a deliberate misrepresentation of the report.
“I don’t think if someone is at a school they should be kicked out because they have a different sexuality to what might be believed to be the appropriate thing by particular religious,’’ Mr Morrison said on Sky News.
Subsequently, however, he has distanced himself from his initial remarks.
He also said the Ruddock report, along with the Government’s response, would be released by the end of 2018.
So, what does all of this mean?
Firstly, religious schools in most Australian states already have the right to accept staff, families and students who are in agreement with the school’s ethos.
Reading between the lines of what Fairfax has reported, then, the Ruddock report simply recommends this right is ensured nationwide – as long as the school’s ethos is clearly published and made available to potential staff and students.
Many of the other recommendations – which, if accurately reported, are available by clicking HERE – range from motherhood statements to the truly alarming.
One such recommendation would see the Australian Human Rights Commission armed to police religious discrimination. Given their track record on issues of concern to date, this suggestion alone should send a shiver up everybody’s spine.
We will have a more comprehensive analysis available for you soon.
URGENT: pro-life events and action!
With apologies for the short notice, Victorian and Queensland supporters are strongly encouraged to attend pro-life events in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively tomorrow (Saturday, 13 October).
Victoria, sadly, is marking ten years since the passage of its infamous abortion laws. Queensland, meanwhile, is debating similar legislation there.
Here are the key details:
When: Saturday, 13 October, 2pm
Where: Speakers Corner, outside the front of Parliament House.
Note: Please wear white. Signage provided. Please encourage family and friends to join you.
When: Saturday, 13 October, 1pm
Where: March for the Babies commences in the Treasury Gardens (corner of Spring St and Wellington Pde).
Note: Please wear pink and blue.
Finally, no matter where you live in Australia, if you’ve not yet contact Queensland MPs over the radical abortion bill due for a vote NEXT WEEK, please do so now.
By clicking HERE, you can provide a voice for the voiceless in a matter of minutes. Please encourage your family and friends to add their support too!
As always, thanks for your efforts!
The Australian Family Coalition
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