Turncoat’s ‘Religious Freedom Appointee’ Argues For Implementation of Sharia

2016: “There’ll never be Sharia law in Australia, you bigots. You’re all just paranoid racists. They’re just poor refugees fleeing war.”


Religious freedom review appointee has argued for limited sharia law in Australia

Prof Nicholas Aroney, who has said religious freedom should include right to practise sharia law within limits, appointed to Philip Ruddock-led review

Prayers at the Lakemba Mosque in south-west Sydney.
Prayers at the Lakemba mosque in Sydney. Nicholas Aroney wrote in 2012 that religious freedom should include a right to practise sharia law within ‘strictly justifiable limits imposed by the general law’. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
Prof Nicholas Aroney

On Thursday the government released broad terms of reference for its religious freedom inquiry, headed by former attorney general Philip Ruddock, including the new appointment of University of Queensland constitutional law professor Nicholas Aroney to the five-person panel.

Aroney is an expert on legal pluralism, law and religion who has warned that religious freedom has become a second-class right to anti-discrimination and argued that religious freedom should include a right to practise sharia law within “strictly justifiable limits imposed by the general law”.

In public debate before marriage equality was legalised, Coalition conservatives including the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, and the defence personnel minister, Dan Tehan, warned against amendments with unintended consequences, such as creating religious enclaves shielded by law or opening a back door to sharia.

In a 2012 essay titled The Accommodation of the Sharia within Western Legal Systems Aroney and co-author Rex Ahdar argued that: “From a western point of view, the practice of sharia is in part a religious liberty issue and, to that extent, its conscientious practice ought to be a right enjoyed by all committed Muslims, qualified only by strictly justifiable limitations imposed by the general law.”

Aroney and Ahdar said that enforcement of sharia law by state authorities “needs to be approached very cautiously, noting the nature of Sharia as [an] ‘entire way of life’, its constitutional implications for the basic structures of the state, and the possibility of its use as a tool by extremist elements”.

The authors explain that although sharia has dark connotations in the west of “floggings, stonings and amputations for crimes” the term simply denotes a body of legal rules and principles extracted from the Qur’an and the Sunna.

The article gives examples including a proposal by an Islamic organisation in the Canadian province of Ontario to establish faith-based arbitration tribunal that would apply religious norms to resolve family and business disputes.

In 2016 Aroney warned that religious freedom is becoming “at best a second-class right” as “anti-discrimination law is increasingly prioritised”.

He said lip service was given to the concept of the balance of rights but religious organisations did not have faith in courts and tribunals “to strike such balances in a way that treats religious freedom as a fundamental and non-derogable right”.

Just Equal spokesman Rodney Croome said: “I am concerned by Nicholas Aroney’s appointment because his writing makes it clear he believes religious freedom trumps other rights, including equality.

“The Ruddock review should be a balanced assessment of religious freedom, but instead the government is stacking the review to appease the religious right after the passage of marriage equality.”

Some Coalition conservatives including Liberal senator, David Fawcett, have argued that Australia has not fully implemented article 18 of the international covenant on civil and political rights, which guarantees freedom of “thought, conscience and religion”.

ICCPR article 18.3 states 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”.

This limitation on the manifestation of religious belief is the basis for laws to override religious liberty and protect people against discrimination.

The expert panel has been asked to consider the intersections between the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and other human rights.

The panel consists of Ruddock, Aroney, the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher, Annabelle Bennett and Father Frank Brennan.

It will first meet in 2018, with preliminary submissions due by 31 January and a final report by 31 March.

While announcing the terms of reference the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said Australia “is the most successful multicultural society in the world”.

“Right at the heart of our success as a free society is freedom of religion,” he said. “It is a fundamental national value, recognised in the constitution.”

In comments to the Australian during the marriage debate, Dutton called for religious and parental protections in the cross-party same-sex marriage bill but warned against wholesale recognition of religious freedom.

“But cooler heads do need to prevail about an additional process to provide a protection of a person’s fundamental belief and practice of religious belief,” he reportedly said. “There’s no way I’ll be supporting a process that gives rise to a push for sharia law.

“That’s why we need a process to look at the consequences, because that goes to the important principle of protecting religious beliefs and practices.”


4 thoughts on “Turncoat’s ‘Religious Freedom Appointee’ Argues For Implementation of Sharia”

  1. The debate should be as to whether Islam is a religion to begin with. Take away its religious status and problem solved.

    BTW, back in the 70’s the Philippines allowed Sharia for their Muslim population living in the southern island of Mindinao…. How did that work out for them…. well now they have ISIS occupying a city there.

    Need to spread this article as to why voting for Liberal (or Labour) is civilization suicide.

    1. Islam is a religion. It has a prophet, a god and a code of conduct. Who says a religion must be ‘good’, or for the betterment of humanity? Satanism is legal in the UK, and every attempt to question the status of religion has failed. It is a matter of the law & barbarity against culture, our culture and civilisation that is.

      The Philippines, with the help of the U.S., just put down an Islamic uprising in Marawi, which flattened the place & killed more than 1000 people. If you thought they would implement the rule of law there now you are quite mistaken: in their infinite wisdom, our betters have agreed with the local Muslims to give them autonomy under sharia law. That’s how insane it is.

      No one in the West, not even one per cent of our wakademics knows Islam. The ignorance is mind boggling.

      1. If the definition of religion is wide open – then how do we protect against treasonous “religions”? The law does not seem to be working.
        I hold that at least some of the wackademics, elite and political class do know about islam – but have sold out.

  2. Being a recognised religious denomination (in Australia) !
    (and islam currently exists on this register and must be removed – ASAP)

    Religious organisations may apply for proclamation as a recognised denomination under the Marriage Act 1961.(in Australia) !
    (islam is not a religion … remove it from this register … ASAP !!!)

    Following the trail …
    You end up here …
    refer …
    Schedule 1—Recognised denominations
    For section 26 of the Act, each religious body and religious organisation mentioned in Schedule 1 is declared to be a recognised denomination.

    islam – IS (a mind/spirit/soul virus for bullied bullying cowards) NOT A RELIGION
    … and must be removed from this list of recognised (in Australia) religious denominations.

    purge islamophiles … Globally !!!
    purge islams … Globally !!!
    purge islam … Globally !!!
    burn qur’ans … Globally !!!
    pulverise mosques … Globally !!!

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