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Religious have no right to judgment on sexual orientation or gender identity : Comments

By Robin Banks, Anja Hilkemeijer and Rodney Croome, published 6/12/2018

This means, for example, that a Jewish school can turn away a teacher if they are Christian, but not just because they are gay, transgender, Aboriginal or in a wheelchair.

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"Effectively, the state is saying that, while religious freedom matters, homophobia and transphobia cause too much damage to be justified in law as religious values."

What does law have to do with religious values?
The religious aren't concerned with laws, they're concerned with sins.

Tell me is it ok to put a gun to a Muslim's head and force them to eat bacon?

- Because it's the exact same thing.

What happened to religious freedom?

You're forcing the religious entity to go against their religious beliefs, but the gay student who 'chooses' that particular school for prestige reputation isn't forced to go against theirs, and obviously does not support the schools religious beliefs - or the rights of other parents to decide the curriculum they want and pay for - for their kids.
Posted by Armchair Critic, Thursday, 6 December 2018 9:06:26 AM
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The sexually confused could start their own schools. They raised millions last year for the SSM campaign; Qantas and other big business supporters could chip in; or, they could used the state system where anything goes. Ah, sorry. They won't do that because it's nothing to do with homos, genuine or trendy, it's all about power and tearing down Christianity and democracy.
Posted by ttbn, Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:30:23 AM
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Two very succinct comments above I would not be able to enlarge on, but wholeheartedly agree with.

I have a sinking feeling though, as part of the payback scheme of the secularists, there will be more religious oppression, not less of it. All justified of course, and driven home by the newly elected Labor Party, and preached through the channels of the ABC...
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 6 December 2018 1:18:47 PM
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"Such discrimination has been against the law in Tasmania for twenty years.

We are not aware of any problems caused by our enlightened approach.

No school has complained of its religious freedom being impinged.

The sky hasn't fallen in."

Such discrimination has NOT been against the law in other states. I are not aware of any problems caused by this enlightened approach, other than in the fevered minds of the SJW brigade.

The sky hasn't fallen in, although the standard chicken little's assure us it will...no really, any time now..promise.

If a Jewish school can avoid employing a Christian based on religion and, presumably, a Muslim school can avoid employing a Buddhist based on religion, can a Christian school avoid employing an atheist based on religion? And if so, then can they reject all LGBTIWTF crowd who reject a religion that abhors their practices?

In the end, this is all about the continued assault on Christianity. Remember Tasmania was the place where Christianity was sued by the Discrimination Board for enunciating their case against gay marriage. Its hardly the paragon of religious harmony
Posted by mhaze, Thursday, 6 December 2018 3:34:37 PM
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I think that people should be free to practice their
religions as long as their religious practices do not
break any Australian laws. We have a secular government
and no official or state religion. Governments treat
all citizens as equal regardless of religion. Religious
laws have no legal status in Australia. Therefore
religious schools have no right to judgement on
sexual orientation or gender identity. To do so
would quality as discrimination - and it is against the
law. A law that we are all supposed to abide by - which is
only fair, considering that religious schools do get
government funding. They should be expected to abide by
government enacted legislature.
Posted by Foxy, Thursday, 6 December 2018 4:08:36 PM
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Agree 100% and wholeheartedly. Let the facts, proven beyond question, science and the mighty irrefutable truth speak for themselves/be known!

Then let the chips and the homophobic bigots/flat earth fundamental fanatics fall where they may, or just founder on the rock of the proven beyond question, TRUTH!

Simply put, believing a long-held inculcated/brainwashed from birth, view to be true, doesn't make any more true than a flat world, six thousand years old and at the centre of the universe!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Thursday, 6 December 2018 6:21:10 PM
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