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Religious freedom legislation must be more than a quick fix

Delaying the release of the Ruddock Review shows that the Morrison government are committed to doing a good job rather than a quick fix on religious freedom, said the Australian Christian Lobby.

“The delay both in releasing the report and the government’s response, is evidence that real consideration is being in order to best respond to the concerns around religious freedom,” said Martyn Iles, managing director of the ACL. 

“Considered and well-crafted policy is critical to ensure that religious freedom legislation reflect all the areas of concern for people of faith.” 

“ACL has worked alongside dozens of Australians over the last few years who have firsthand experiences in workplaces and public life which reflect the critical need for religious freedom protections.” 

“There is the story of Josh, who was threatened with academic discipline just for praying for a fellow student – with permission.” 

“Another current case involves a photographer who agreed to do a photoshoot for a lesbian couple’s family, but also gently informed them of his Christian beliefs. He has now been sued – simply for stating his faith.” 

“Cases like these are evidence of why Australia needs religious freedom legislation, which is why it’s encouraging to see the Morrison government take time to do a good job rather than a quick fix,” said Mr Iles.

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