The recommendations in the Anti-Vilification Protections Report are extremely concerning for people of faith...
The Committee has recommended for sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, and sex characteristics and/or intersex status to be included as protected attributes.
This implies that people of faith or anyone in the community who does not adhere to LGBTQ ideology or gender theory will be restricted from expressing their opinions both verbally and online.
The Committee has recommended to lower the bar to define vilification and incitement from ‘conduct that incites’ to ‘conduct that is likely to incite’.
Anyone who wants to express or teach conservative sexual ethics will be at risk of vilification. Words and posts will be open for interpretation. If they’re taken as offensive, anyone could be reported to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. This could be weaponised by LGBTQ activists to target Christians.
The Committee has recommended to narrow the definition of religious purpose under Section 11(2) of the original Act to ensure “genuine” religious activities are carried out with good faith and for the public interest.
This implies some religious activities, eg. teaching and proselytising, that are currently exempted from unlawful vilification, could be considered unlawful. Common religious activities could be banned in public and restricted to private places of worship.
This Committee report creates many opportunities for LGBTQ and anti-religious activists to harass and silence churches, organisations and individuals they don’t agree with. Have your say today!
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