Northern Territory set to abolish religious freedom
Proposed changes to the Northern Territory 1992 anti discrimination the legislation aims to abolish religious freedom, as well as erode freedom of expression.
The bill, sponsored by Northwest Territories Labor Attorney General and LGBTQ+ activist Song Paech“will reduce or eliminate a number of exemptions for religious organizations in the areas of education, labor and housing.”
Section 15 of the proposed bill seeks to eliminate the right of religious organizations to operate within the limits of their faith, conscience and belief, by stripping such organizations of the right “to act in accordance with their beliefs nuns”.
Term 17 doubles down, removing the right of churches, missions and Christian schools to hire staff based on shared goals, beliefs and values.
Christian schools “will no longer be allowed to ‘discriminate’ when employing staff on the basis of sexuality or religious beliefs or activities.”
The proposal means that schools and Christian churches will be forced to fill a vacancy because of militarized pro-LGBTQ+ government guidelines, not whether that person was fit for the job or fit for the job.
On the extreme proposition that the government gets to dictate to Christian organizations who they hire, who they can fire, and on what grounds they can do so.
Seen elsewhere in the world, the Amendments by LGBTQ+ activists also potentially harm parental rights. The suggested deletions put parents in the firing line by removing legal protections against dissent, should moms and dads oppose state-sponsored LGBTQ+ indoctrination of their children.
If a Drag Queen or member of the “Church” of Satan decide to teach at a Christian school, there would be no solid legal basis for that Christian school to reasonably refuse a job.
Added to NT Labor’s amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1992, there are vague protections for those perpetually offended.
After breaking freedom of religionamendments attack freedom of expressionSection 20A prohibiting any public behavior perceived as offensive – such as comedy, commenting or criticism on social media – i.e.:
“Reasonably likely, in any circumstances, to offend, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of people; and is done because of an attribute of the other person or some or all of the people in the group.
Subsection 3 of 20A “does not apply to an act done in private”.
Article 3 defines an act as follows:
‘Causes, words, sounds, images or writings communicated in public or done in a public place; or is done in sight or hearing of persons who are in a public place.
Exempt from Section 20A is anything deemed to be acting “reasonably, in good faith” or in the “public interest”.
Such as artistic works, performances, exhibitions; any statement, publication or debate from a “genuine scholar”, or from an artistic, scientific enterprise, or from any fair and accurate publication.
Promoting going beyond, a online LGBTQ+ news site argued that the proposed ban on “religious institutions refusing to hire or [for] dismissal of staff [who identify as] LGBTQ+’ was just the beginning of the fight for so-called ‘equality’.
The Independent Education Unionsupports the repeal of derogations from religious freedom.
“The removal of these exemptions is long overdue. […] religious discrimination exemptions are unnecessary and hurt vulnerable staff and students.
The teacher union representative said – in a clear tone of contempt:
“Practices in faith-based schools, and indeed in any business conducted for the public by faith-based organizations, must reflect community norms and expectations – particularly where such organizations receive public funding.”
Speaking on behalf of the Union and its more than 17,000 alleged members in the Northern Territory and Queensland, he said:
“Our union sees the introduction of the proposed bill as an important step towards promoting inclusion and we welcome it!”
On top of that, while asserting so-called LGBTQ+ civil rights, Burke justified religious schools being stripped of their civil liberties.
If the bill passes, hiring an employee on merit will be replaced by a woke quota system, where NGOs are forced to hire an employee based on their melanin shade, sexual activity and his later identity.
This probable result proves that the NT Labor amendments aim to achieve exactly the opposite.
What this bill does is exalt a minority as lord of the majority.
What this bill leaves behind is a pampered and authoritarian political class, whose special rights mean other groups can have none.
Disguised as protection for the minority who identify as LGBTQ+, the Northwest Territories Attorney General’s (clearly biased) proposal weaponizes the law, opening a door to government activists, like Song Paechto discriminate against anyone who does not toe the party line.
In this case, it is a question of intimidating Christians into submission, by unfairly demanding their submission.
Note that the timing of this NT news follows the New Zealand Labor and Green cabal, which, backed by the Maori party, passed forced speech lawbringing New Zealand closer to replacing freedom of speech with forced speech.
As I have said in the past (see here), where civil rights are exalted over civil liberties, hell on earth is sure to follow.
Rod Lampard is an independent scholar, with a keen interest in political theology. He has a bachelor’s degree in ministry and theology. Rod tweets at @rod_lampard. First published on Cauldron poolOctober 22, 2022
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