Re­li­gious com­plex­i­ties

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

The is­sue of re­li­gious free­dom in non­govern­ment schools is com­plex, but no less com­plex than age dis­crim­i­na­tion (“Coali­tion to con­sider re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion act”, 11/10).

Unlike sex-re­lated dis­crim­i­na­tion, where it is easy for right or left to get their knick­ers in knot, age dis­crim­i­na­tion is ram­pant in Aus­tralian so­ci­ety, yet cul­tur­ally ac­cepted.

All an em­ployer has to do to get away with age dis­crim­i­na­tion is to em­pha­sise their youth cul­ture. Some­body over 50 is not go­ing to fit into a youth cul­ture. Sim­i­larly, a gay stu­dent or gay teacher is not go­ing to fit into a Chris­tian or Mus­lim school cul­ture. Peter R. Tre­denick, Padding­ton, Qld

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