Re­li­gious ex­emp­tion

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

There is no earthly rea­son (“Time to get real as par­lia­ment dead­locked on re­li­gious free­dom”, 6/12), why re­li­gious views should be ac­corded some spe­cial ex­emp­tion in law. At their most fun­da­men­tal, be­liefs — even an­cient or su­per­nat­u­ral — are but per­sonal opin­ions, no more or less valid than any other per­sonal opin­ions.

But if we had a proper re­spect for free­dom of speech — in­stead of en­act­ing anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion leg­is­la­tion ex­tend­ing all the way down to hurt feel­ings — we would have no need to seek such re­li­gious ex­emp­tions any­way. Mar­cus Ayl­ward, Brighton, Vic

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