Religious Anti-Vilification Laws – A Blow to Religious Freedom

Filed on 19 August 2005 in Media Releases category. Print This Page

“Religious anti-vilification laws serve only to work against the religious freedoms they are intended to protect,” said Dr Lachlan Dunjey, Senate candidate for the Christian Democratic Party, “they interfere with the rights of believers of one faith to argue the beliefs of another “- and this is both wrong and unnecessary. We’re not talking about incitement to violence or discrimination “- these laws are about freedom of speech.”

Dr Dunjey added that such laws would serve only to provide a legalistic weapon to silence those with different beliefs.

“It is effectively Christians who these laws work against “- because Christians have the example of Jesus who suffered scorn and ridicule and did not retaliate,” Dr Dunjey continued, “religious groups in Australia do not suffer at the hands of Christians. Indeed it is Christians in other countries who suffer persecution and death because of their faith. Our freedom to passionately defend what we believe is a fundamental right of this society – these laws will effectively work against that.”
Authorised by Gerard Goiran, 7 Matthew Way Thornlie

For further comment: Dr Lachlan Dunjey, mobile 0407 937 513

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