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 John Wren: on Israel Foleau:

First off, ..... Nobody is saying [Israel] Folau can't practice his faith, he just can't publicly promote aspects of it that breach his employer's diversity and inclusivity policies.

Secondly, Folau doesn't actually have "personal time". A significant part of his role is being a role model for Rugby Australia, being a magnet for sponsors and a reason for people to play and be involved in the sport. As such, anything he does in public reflects on Rugby Australia, its brand and reputation. There is a reason Folau's contract was so expensive. It's compensation for having to behave 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Therefore, the post was made on Rugby Australia's time, not his own.

PM WRONG: SECULARISM IS NOT A 'BELIEF'. IT IS THE RIGHT TO HAVE ONE

Dear Prime Minister, you need to do your research. Secularism is NOT a belief like any other religious or non-religious life-stance. It is a political process. It is not a belief: it is the right to have or not to have one. The concept has been wrongly equated with atheism.
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THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL : HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT ?

Despite Australia's membership of the  UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ,the Council's working group on arbitrary detention has condemned as arbitrary and illegal our indefinite incarceration of refugees and asylum seekers, issuing critical statements on five individual cases of detention in a year. But those unlawfully held remain in indefinite detention, where they have been held for up to nine years without charge,  

Although seemingly committed to the concepts of equality, individual freedom and the rule of law, states with atrocious human rights records have secured membership and great influence on the  Council, established to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights".

Members generally have failed to condemn human rights abuses in e.g., the Sudan, Byelorussia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China, says Ibn Warraq. It is largely influenced by nations who have signed a Muslim-based Human Rights Convention. In June 16, 2008, discussion of religious questions was banned  by the president.of the Council, forbidding criticism of religious human rights breaches.

The UN recently voted to re-elect Saudi Arabia to the Council for the 2017-2019 term, despite its atrocities  in Yemen and at home. The Council placed Saudi Arabia in 2015 at the head of a committee that selects investigators to scrutinise human rights in other countries.

It is also noted that failure to take appropriate means to prevent adverse effects of climate warming is a breach of human rights. Torres Strait Islanders have taken Australia to the UN Human Rights Committee arguing that our Government is in breach of tgheir rights ito meets its obligations under international agreements.

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HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK IN AUSTRALIA, SAYS THE UN

The Australian Government has been strongly criticised for the "chilling effect" its actions have unleashed on human rights defenders in Australia in a UN report released last week, and Special Rapporteur Michel Forst told the UN's Human Rights Council he was "astonished" to observe "mounting evidence of regressive measures" being pursued by the Government. See
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PREVENTING CLIMATE WARMING A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  in 2014 unequivocally confirmed that greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of climate change. This, it determined would result in extreme weather events and natural disasters, rising sea-levels, floods, heat waves, droughts, desertification, food and water shortages, and the spread of tropical and vector-borne diseases as some of the adverse impacts of climate change.
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WE DON’T NEED A ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ ACT

It's already well protected! Marque Lawyers managing partner Michael Bradley called the proposed Religious Freedom Act "an entirely unnecessary law", arguing that no one has yet established a clear case for its enactment.
Rather than recognise the indivisibility and universality of human rights, the bill privileges one human right over all others. It will make life excessively complex and uncertain for employers, sporting organisations and basically everyone except religious bodies.
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‘RIGHT-WING RELIGIOUS NATIONALISTS LAUNCH DRAMATIC NEW POWER PLAY’

" ...the power of the presidency isn't the only way Christian nationalism is advancing its agenda in America today... A  coalition of Christian right groups have organized a major legislative initiative called "Project Blitz." Its goal is to pass ... Christian-right bills at the state level, whose cumulative impact would be immense." 
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RELIGIOUS CHAPLAINS HAVE NO PLACE IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

PRESS RELEASE: NSW Rationalist Association refutes claims that chaplains do not foster their religious beliefs.
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Each state makes it illegal to discriminate against a person on the ground of religion in employment decisions. These anti-discrimination rules apply to public schools and their hiring decisions.
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Also, federal and some state governments have STOPPED COUNTING COMPLAINTS against the school chaplains program and NO STATES KEEP RECORDS of the faith of chaplainns.
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LORDS COMMITTEE: RESPECT THE LAW BEFORE “THE VALUES OF OTHERS”

Public policy must put "respect for the law" before "respect for the values of others" and defend "the shared values of British citizenship", a House of Lords committee has said. 
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HUMAN RIGHTS

AUSTRALIA FACES POSSIBLE UN CENSURE

In May 2019 a group of eight Torres Strait Islanders, who are Australian citizens, with legal representation from Client Earth, submitted a claim to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). They allege that Australia is failing its legal human rights obligations to Torres Strait Islanders because it has failed to take adequate action to reduce emissions or to provide for proper adaptation measures on the islands.
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PREVENTING CLIMATE WARMING A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  in 2014 unequivocally confirmed that greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of climate change. This, it determined would result in extreme weather events and natural disasters, rising sea-levels, floods, heat waves, droughts, desertification, food and water shortages, and the spread of tropical and vector-borne diseases as some of the adverse impacts of climate change.
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HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK IN AUSTRALIA, SAYS THE UN

The Australian Government has been strongly criticised for the "chilling effect" its actions have unleashed on human rights defenders in Australia in a UN report released last week, and Special Rapporteur Michel Forst told the UN's Human Rights Council he was "astonished" to observe "mounting evidence of regressive measures" being pursued by the Government.
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CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE

Each state makes it illegal to discriminate against a person on the ground of religion in employment decisions. These anti-discrimination rules apply to public schools and their hiring decisions.
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Also, federal and some state governments have STOPPED COUNTING COMPLAINTS against the school chaplains program and NO STATES KEEP RECORDS of the faith of chaplainns.
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BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S MY RIGHT!

An EU campaign has been launched by religious and non-religious groups promoting freedom of belief . They absolutely defend the right of belief through secularism, but not the right to impose that belief on others. See
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