Christian political lobby group FamilyVoice is stepping up its fight for religious freedom by sending ‘Vote Wisely’ guides to churches, Christian organisations and supporters in the electorates of five Coalition MPs who voted against the government’s Religious Discrimination Bill.
FamilyVoice spokesman Greg Bondar, who has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison is going to ground on the issue, is targeting the electorates of Wentworth (NSW), Higgins (Vic), North Sydney (NSW), Reid (NSW), and Bass (Tas) where the sitting members crossed the floor of parliament to vote against the bill.
He accused these “recalcitrant MPs” – Dave Sharma, Katie Allen, Trent Zimmerman, Fiona Martin, Bridget Archer – of “putting Australian Christians at risk of persecution, ridicule, and harassment at work, socially and in the public arena.”
“The government’s deal with the pro-LGBTIQA+ MPs promised to ban unfounded discrimination of LGBTQI students at schools through amendments to a different piece of legislation but particularly the Sex Discrimination Act 38(3),” he said in a statement.
“This would have been akin to taking the engine out of a car making it unfit for the purpose that it was intended.”
Neither he nor Mark Spencer of Christian Schools Australia has received any response from the Prime Minister or the Attorney-General to their letters and phone calls urging them to commit to finding a way to pass protections against religious discrimination.
“Scott Morrison has lost credibility in the eyes of many faith voters, having shelved the RDB and now having gone ‘underground’ by refusing to have a narrative on the RDB before the election,” Bondar told Eternity.
He was unimpressed by the lack of detail in a report in The Australian in which the PM said religious freedom remained a priority for him and a re-elected Coalition government as a fundamental right to ensure “a tolerant, multicultural, and multi-faith liberal democracy”.
However, Morrison warned that there needed to be a political consensus that did not include changes to the Sex Discrimination Act which threatened to make faith-based schools worse off.
“During the RDB debate he was hijacked by the so-called progressives by giving in to them on the Sex Discrimination Act,” Bondar commented.
“You will never get political ‘consensus’ on faith legislation so the PM needs to make a stand.”
“[Anthony] Albanese will be held to account if he fails to deliver on his promise to introduce an RBD,” – Greg Bondar, Family Voice
By contrast, the federal Opposition had made a commitment to pass a religious discrimination bill in its first term if it is elected to government.
“[Anthony] Albanese will be held to account if he fails to deliver on his promise to introduce an RBD,” Bondar said.
Last week Morrison blamed Labor for blocking the passage of the RDB in February and declined to recommit himself to the bill if returned to government. But Bondar said…
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