COMMENT

 WE SHOULD REJECT THE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL

Here are 10 reasons why (among others)

Vale Tony Voyce

I first met Tony Boyce on the Sydney Domain Speakers' Corner in the early 1980's. Tony was a fervent atheist and scathing of the Catholic Church and Christianity. He was a long time member of the Rationalist Association of NSW. His politics was of the left but he was not a supporter of any one party..

See here for Steve Maxwell's The Life of Tony Boyce 

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The Sophistry of the Religious Discrimination Bill

We are asked to believe that words that are commonly understood to refer to opposites, are now to be understood asmeaning the same thing.

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Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) supports  appeal from Doctor's suspension for statements of violence

The ACL demands that Christians can throw the integrity of their profession into doubt, be it medicine or sport, by ignoring the effects of this vitriol on both other members of their profession and the public.place this content with your own.

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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?

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"

Despite Australia's membership of the  UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) .he 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..

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DR MAX WALLACE - SOFT THEOCRACY

DR MAX WALLACE - ATHEIST CONVENTION

NATIONAL SECULAR LOBY- 29 APRIL 2019

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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RECENT

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.

 http://meg-wallace.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-dont-need-special-protection-of.html

‘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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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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HUMAN RIGHTS

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.

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