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ACL questions NSW Greens’ commitment to freedom of religion
· June 10, 2010 10:00 AM
The Sydney Morning Herald this week
that over 35,000 Catholics have signed the ACL’s Save Our Scripture petition.
The response from Christians across all denominations had been overwhelming and particularly thanked the Australian Christian Churches, Catholics and Presbyterians for their support.
ACL would especially like to thank the thousands of supporters who encouraged their friends, family and churches to sign the petition.
In related news ACL today questioned the NSW Greens’ commitment to religious freedom following an extraordinary attack on Church leaders in parliament last night by Greens MLC, John Kaye.
During a speech on the NSW Government’s trial ethics classes, Mr Kaye launched a blistering attack on the Christian Church, the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Islamic Council. He accused them of running an “oligopoly” and singled out the Christian Church, accusing it of “[branch] stacking, lying and selfishness.”
His comments came after media reports the Anglican Church was encouraging Christians to participate in local P&C debates about the trial ethics classes. He accused the Anglican Church’s Youthworks department of having “taken a leaf out of the worst behaved Labor Party branch stackers.”
John Kaye’s comments are extraordinary and really call into question the NSW Greens' commitment to freedom of religion in this state.
People of religious faith have every right to participate in community forums and the NSW Greens should in no way at all be discouraging this.
ACL will be writing to John Kaye asking him to explain his extraordinary outburst and to clarify the NSW Greens' position on religious freedom. The full text of Dr Kaye’s speech can be found by clicking
and scrolling down to the adjournment debate on page 96.
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