Igor Bray

Submission number: 
12
Date of submission: 
16th December 2017

I believe in freedom of religion in the same way as I believe in freedom of speech, with some caveats. Religious practices are wide and varied and historically included the burning of women as witches, and readily supported slavery. While these practices are now outlawed, we still have genital mutilation without consent of the child victim. Accordingly, we have to be very careful in defining what religious freedoms are. It is unethical to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of religion, and yet the major religions readily do so, and are exempt from the this basic ethic. How can this be in Australia, when this would not be tolerated in the USA? How about we have a good look at the US Constitution and adopt its much more ethical approach to the separation of Church and State?

Yours Sincerely,

Igor Bray