FRANK BRENNAN, the Jesuit lawyer who heads the Federal Government’s public consultations for a national human rights charter, will move today to dispel concerns by some church leaders that the charter could entail the introduction of federal religious vilification laws.
Father Brennan will tell the Australian College of Applied Psychology in a speech to be delivered this afternoon that there is a “credible argument” that religious vilification laws of the kind that already exist in Victoria ”unduly interfere with the right to freedom of expressionÂ and the right to freedom of conscience, religion and belief”.
“There are some places the law should not tread,” he will say. Victoria’s laws resulted in the controversial prosecution of a member of the Pentecostal Catch the Fire Ministries for making negative comments about Islam.
Why hasn’t the local ABC andÂ AgeÂ campaigned against these draconian laws, when the rest of the country can see they are mad? Why did the Liberals in Victoria not vote against them?Â It’s not as if none of this farce could have beenÂ predicted.
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