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Roger Trigg on the Political Spot about erosion of religious freedom in Europe
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Roger Trigg is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about the Final European Court of Appeal's decision to reject a request for referral of three contentious religious freedom cases from the United Kingdom. See his related
about the issue.
Christians welcome Baillieu commitment to religious freedom
· April 14, 2010 10:00 AM
For release: April 15, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed a commitment from Victorian Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu that if elected a Coalition Government would introduce legislation that would effectively fix the draconian provisions in the Brumby Government's Equal Opportunity Bill in relation to religious organisations and the sweeping new powers being given to the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Mr Baillieu confirmed the Coalition parties' commitment when he met with ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace and ACL Victorian Director Rob Ward together with Shadow Attorney-General Robert Clark, at Parliament House in Melbourne yesterday.
Mr Ward said churches, Christian schools and religious charities would breathe easier without the 'big brother' investigative powers the Bill grants the Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission.
And allowing religious organisations the same freedom that political parties enjoy to employ people who shared their ethos was also welcome.
“We hope the Government will look seriously at today's commitment by the Opposition and amend the Bill so religious groups are not looking over their shoulder,” Mr Ward said.
“It is ludicrous that the Commission could be given powers of investigation when no complaint has been made and that churches and Christian schools would not be free to hire people who reflect their ethos as a matter of course in the same way political parties do.”
Media Contact: Rob Ward 0408 348 352.
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