Church and state clash over equality laws

The Age reports today:

A CONTROVERSIAL review of Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act is threatening to become a political headache for the Brumby Government, with many churches, religious leaders, parents and private schools vowing to defend discrimination based on faith.

The parliamentary review, covering all areas of discrimination — including whether private men’s clubs can continue to exclude women — has sparked widespread alarm among religious Victorians, from the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne to Islamic, Christian and Jewish schools, and faith-based hospitals and aged-care centres.

At stake, these groups say, is their religious freedom to discriminate within churches, schools and church-run welfare services.

4 comments ↓

#1 Max on 07.19.09 at 6:34 pm

These people were big supporters of anti-discrimination law when it is applied to business or others but they don’t seem to like it when it’s applied to them. They are hypocrites.

#2 Michael on 07.20.09 at 8:33 am

Of course there should be no discrimination. Irt is discrimination that isolates and separates groups and causes dissension.

It is about time these barriers were removed.

#3 Eudaemonion on 07.20.09 at 11:50 am

Why not junk the stupid act all together.

#4 null on 07.21.09 at 12:48 pm

More non-Muslims turning to Sharia courts to resolve civil disputes
http://business.timesonline.co.....ttr=797084

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