Fear of a major loss – free speech

Under Australian law same sex relationships have the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships and married couples with regard to
Taxation
Superannuation
Health Insurance
Social Security
Aged care and child support
Immigration
Citizenship
Veterans’ Affairs
so what would be gained by calling a same sex de facto relationship marriage? Marriage according to the current law is between a man and a woman, and has been for quite a long time, well before
the definition of marriage was written down in the law books. .

Currently, in Tasmania, the Catholic church has been reported to the anti discrimination commission because of certain wordings in their booklet ‘Don’t mess with marriage’.

The person who lodged the complaint is in a same sex relationship.

If the anti-discrimination commission rules in favour of the complainant and condemns the Catholic church how far will the ramifications of disagreeing with someone go, with regard to free speech in Australia?

At the next general election (in 2016) will one political party be able to complain to the ant- discrimination commission about comments made about them, by their political opponents, if they disagree with the comments?

Is the next complaint to be made against an Australian religious organisation because the priest, vicar, rabbi, Imam or Hindu Pundit refuses to ‘marry’ same sex couples, in or out of a religious building?

I wonder what would happen if a heterosexual male wished to join a lesbian club – would he be allowed to join? Could he claim discrimination if he was refused membership?

How far are we willing to see our freedom of expression and values be devalued?

We have read of Christian bakers refusing to bake cakes to celebrate a homosexual ‘marriage’ and being fined many thousands of dollars.

What would happen if a Muslim worker at a newspaper was required to publish cartoons mocking Allah? Would he be fired for failing to do his job?

Have we forgotten that Nazi brown shirts would stand at the door of Jewish establishments to make sure ‘decent’ Germans did not do business with the Jews.
It wasn’t long before the brown shirts were no longer required, because the law was changed and the Jews were out of business – The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, was passed in 1933.
People didn’t speak out against what was happening then and before long they were too frightened to speak out against anything..

Is the anti-discrimination commission the latest way of stopping people speaking their mind when they feel that something is not right?

Remember the frog in the cold water who didn’t realise that he had a problem until the water boiled – is Australia (Tasmania) that frog?

Author: 1944april

Traveled a great deal - about 70 countries - first foreign country I suppose was Wales, which was only 80 miles away from where I was born. Visited each Continent, except Antarctica, and I doubt that it is on my bucket list - too cold. I love Asian food, Australian wine & British beer & trying to entertain by writing.

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