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serial offender anglican priest

An Anglican priest from Albury in New South Wales described the church as a serial offender against LGBTIQ people. He also blamed the ongoing debate over the Religious Freedoms Bill for causing anxiety among his parishioners. Father Peter MacLeod-Miller told the ABC that perhaps it was time for the progressive and conservative arms of the …

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An American pastor’s interruption of a secular event and consequent ‘prayer cleansing’ illustrates the dangers of Australia’s proposed ‘religious freedoms’ bill. The pastor cut off the microphone to a gay speaker at an event held in his church. A few days later, he asked his congregation to bow their heads and join him in a …

religious freedom bill miles heffernan

There’s no need to panic (just yet) about the government’s proposed religious “freedom” bill. As it turns out, no one wants it, and it’s bad law. Miles Heffernan is a Brisbane-based Industrial Advocate and expert in employment law. It’s a solution looking for a problem. Indeed, the bill only came about to placate people of …

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Senator Nita Green, formerly the Queensland field director for Australian Marriage Equality is a veteran of Pride celebrations. However, this September she attended her first Brisbane Pride Festival as a federal Senator for Queensland. In October, she will participate in Cairns Pride in the north where she now makes her home with partner Lacey. Scroll …

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Channel 9’s 60 Minutes will tonight expose “the unregulated world of religious counselling designed to switch off homosexuality.” The program claims an undercover investigation will reveal the methods used by some Australian churches to ‘eradicate’ homosexuality through LGBTIQ conversion therapy.  It promises an expose of attempts to ‘pray the gay away’. Scroll down for vid …

peter black quac religious freedoms bills

Peter Black, President of QuAC discusses the draft Religious Freedoms Bills and their potential impact on our communities. Peter Black is a Senior Lecturer in Law, teaching and researching in internet law, media law and Australian Constitutional law. As a firm advocate of equality and fairness for the LGBTI communities, Peter Black was also Queensland …

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The draft Religious Discrimination Bill is a result of complaints arising out of the same-sex marriage debate. Some religious groups equate equal rights for LGBTIQ people with an erosion of their own liberty. However, various world religious freedom rankings place Australia in the Top 10 with the most recent evaluation placing us fourth. Sydney’s Catholic …

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Martyn Iles from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) complained yesterday that the draft religious discrimination bill does not go far enough. Meanwhile Shelley Argent, national spokesperson for PFLAG says the bill “tells our children they are inferior.” Iles wrote that the draft allowed the “crazy situation” where Rugby Australia could still sack Israel Folau. “While …

Christians Enemy

The debate in Australia over religious freedoms would suggest that Christians and LGBTIQ communities are implacable foes. Advocates of religious freedoms legislation portray the issue as a fight to save Christians from persecution by the ‘Rainbow Cult’, a term frequently employed on the Australian Christian Lobby Facebook page. However, the LGBTIQ communities are not enemies …

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A Brisbane rally opposing anti-discrimination exemptions for religious groups in the name of “religious freedom” will be held this weekend. The rally will call on the Morrison government not to “further entrench and broaden discrimination” with new “religious freedom” laws. “Discrimination cannot be tolerated under the guise of religious belief or any other basis,” the …

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