Ruddock Inquiry Petition
Defend Australia's discrimination laws from attacks by the religious right. Tell the Ruddock Inquiry that you oppose further discrimination against LGBTIQ people, women and other Australians under the guise of "religious freedom". Sign our petition which will become part of our formal submission and say No to religious privilege.
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Religious freedom is an important right, but it should not be used as an excuse for discriminating against and disadvantaging vulnerable members of the community.
Religious freedom means no-one should be coerced into a religious belief or practice they do not hold, or disadvantaged because of a belief they do hold.
But the idea of religious freedom has been twisted to mean "freedom" to treat other people unfairly if that treatment is compelled by religious beliefs.
It has come to mean religious privilege.
In particular, "religious freedom" has become a way to euphemise and legitimise discrimination against LGBTIQ people.
This includes discrimination in the provision of marriage services, as well as services to, and the employment of, married LGBTIQ partners.
We believe LGBTIQ marriages pose no threat to freedom or faith, and that no discrimination should be allowed in response to these marriages.
"Religious freedom" is also abused to justify discrimination against religious minorities, women and people of colour.
These groups do not pose a threat to freedom and faith and no discrimination should be allowed against them.
Instead, we believe the legal exemptions that currently allow faith-based schools, hospitals and welfare agencies that are government funded to discriminate against LGBTIQ and other staff, students, patients and clients should be removed.
We believe religious freedom along with all other rights and freedoms should be enshrined in an Australian Charter of Rights.
If freedom of religion is enshrined in Australian law it should be accompanied by the caveats that exist in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, namely that:
"Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others."