Religious Freedom?

Victoria Changes the Discrimination Laws:

"Religious schools or religious charities, for example, will have to show how belonging to a particular religion is relevant to the job they are trying to fill," Dr Szoke said.

"In the case of religious education teachers or chaplains, this will be clear. However, in the case of office staff or the maths teacher it will need to be made explicit how religion is relevant to the job."

It could have been worse of course; certain groups where trying to get the exception which allows religious groups to discriminate on the grounds of sexuality removed as well:

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome says the right to employment and education is more important than pandering to religious prejudice.

May I politely suggest that the Salvation Army and any other religious charities (Christian or otherwise) cease to operate in Victoria? I know that I'll have moved to Queensland within twelve months of NSW introducing such a law.

This is part of the reason I'm against any-workplace discrimination laws full-stop. The majority of businesses aren't going to discriminate based on race or religion, and those few that do aren't going to like having to employ such people at present, and will almost definitely have a grudge against them personally for as long as they have to continue to employ them. So the current system just ends up putting people in jobs where the boss is going to abuse them. Wonderful.

Categories: Politics, Rants, Religion
Date: 2009-09-27 23:03:54, 8 years and 60 days ago

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