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Australia: LGBTQ advocates blast religious discrimination bill

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  • 송고시간 2021-11-26 02:51
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Critics say the bill will further entrench discriminatory hiring practices. (Photo by= Getty Images)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Australia has introduced a new controversial bill aimed at protecting religious people from "cancel culture". BBC reported that among other things, it would allow Catholic schools the right to fire teachers or expel gay students in the name of "religious ethos".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Religious Discrimination Bill, if passed, would ensure protection for religious people and organizations, like churches, to express belief critics say it is "deeply unbalanced".Introducing the bill on Thursday, Mr. Morrison said it aimed to protect people's "statements of belief" as long as it wasn’t "harassment, vilification or intimation of anyone." But Australia's Human Rights Law Centre said the bill fails to "fairly balance the right to equality with the freedom of religion".


Human rights and LGBT groups have also warned the law would instead grant licenses for people to express bigoted views. The law also authorized people to express derogatory or harmful comments in a workplace, school, and health setting, the human rights group said. The topic of religious discrimination has been at the center of several public debates in recent years, particularly in the wake of Australia passing same-sex marriage legislation in 2017. The bill is expected to be reviewed before being voted on in the upper house Senate next year.