The Australian reports (30 July 2018) that Amnesty International has called on the Australian federal government to remove anti-discrimination exemptions for religious organisations which receive public funding or provide services on behalf of the government.
This would hit religious schools currently exempt in relation to provision of education in accordance with their beliefs.
Freedom and Heritage Society of Australia believe that anti-discrimination as a principle should not be allowed to trump our Constitutional freedom of religion. The Constitution says:
116 Commonwealth not to legislate in respect of religion
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
Amnesty International is taking a militantly secularist line effectively calling for freedom FROM religion. That is not what our founding fathers had in mind.
AI is also calling for a federal Human Rights Act.
This call must be slapped down stridently. Haven’t people learned from the atrocious behaviour of the Australian Human Rights Commission under Gillian Triggs and Tim Soutphommasane? A federal Human Rights Act would be another lawyers’ feeding frenzy. Australia does NOT need any more UN-derived laws. Human rights are not the gift of government or the UN, nor to be taken away by either. They are intrinsic in us as a heritage of Christianity, which teaches that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and so deserving respect.
AI is heavily into political correctness. During the Boko Haram abduction of the 200 or so Nigerian girls, they ran a campaign for “human rights” but permitted not a word to be said about fanatical Islam, the perpetrator of the outrage. And AI are also heavily into demonizing Israel, but say nary a word about human rights abuses in the Islamic world.
Freedom and Heritage Society does not support Amnesty International.