More barbarians at more gates:
A CONTROVERSIAL review of Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act is threatening to become a political headache for the Brumby Government, with many churches, religious leaders, parents and private schools vowing to defend discrimination based on faith.
The parliamentary review, covering all areas of discrimination — including whether private men’s clubs can continue to exclude women — has sparked widespread alarm among religious Victorians, from the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne to Islamic, Christian and Jewish schools, and faith-based hospitals and aged-care centres.
We call it religious freedom, and try to avoid the word “discrimination”, but why shouldn’t we be able to flout the laws everyone else has to follow simply because of which possibly imaginary figure we say demands us to worship them in certain arbitrary ways?
Listen to the forces of evil come to oppress us:
One of the nation’s leading discrimination law experts, Professor Margaret Thornton, supports the review. “I think that if private schools receive money from the state, as they do, they should be subject to the law of the land, they should not be able to claim all these exemptions,” she said.
The Law Institute of Victoria’s Dominique Saunders said: “Unless there is a direct link to the observance or teaching of religion, there should be no exception in the laws to discriminate, for example, against a gay maths teacher. I don’t think that is acceptable.”
How can a poof teach maths? They can’t even add up the number of men or women who are required for a marriage! Ooh, snap!
Oh, alright. How about if instead of the teacher being gay, he’s indisputably, openly and cartoonishly devoted to the forces of evil?
Rob Ward, the Victorian director of the Australian Christian Lobby… said: “If someone says, ‘I worship Satan, but I am a pretty good maths teacher, can I come and teach your Christian kids maths?’ Well, probably not.”
When we say “single mother” and “gay teacher” that’s who we mean, you know.
Anyway, we’re calling on Victorians to “Make a Stand” at our new website:
Please, our faith is under fire! Join us as we fight this audacious push to QUASH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM by limiting our rights to tell employees what they must do in their private lives.
Unless you’re a satanist. In which case, we don’t want your help.