Contributed from Victoria
In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.
This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.
As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.
The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.
He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.
Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.
The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.
Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920’s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.
Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.
And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all contain exemptions for religious bodies, giving them the right to treat an individual whose lifestyle doesn’t correspond with their beliefs, in a way that would otherwise be classed as discriminatory.
The objection to the existing exceptions is that they apply to all. The push is to ensure they are only there for some.