Editorial

Difficult issues need dialogue not ideologue

The prospect of changes to 18c of the Anti-Discrimination Act and the Commonwealth Marriage Act has brought a concern that religious liberty and free speech might be curtailed as the church puts forth its case in the marketplace. Will church leaders and people of faith be able to freely express their opinion in the light of these changes?

In making the case for religious freedom, church leaders and christian lobbyists argue that they are being unfairly treated as their freedom of expression is being curtailed by gay activists who encourage people to boycott businesses who oppose marriage equality. It does not seem to be a problem that these same leaders and lobbyists suggest people boycott businesses that support marriage equality.

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