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    Australia Passes 'Vilification' Law(?)

    Ran into this during a bored trawl of the internet sans porn. Strange. Google doesn't come up with any news reports other than this one. So I'll put it in ye olde lounge. I'd like to hear what the Ozzies have to say about this.

    ACT parliament passes religious vilification laws

    Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500, under laws passed by the ACT parliament on Thursday.

    Both Labor and Liberal supported the move put by the Greens Shane Rattenbury, who said the display of hatred, intolerance and offensive behaviour towards Muslims was one of the biggest intolerance issues in Australia today.
    The ACT has outlawed vilification of people because of their religion, concerned about growing attacks on Muslims.


    The University of South Australia had found about 10 per cent of Australians were highly Islamophobic, and while the ACT showed the lowest rates in the country, Islamophobia was still significant here.

    "It is clear [Muslims] are frequently, almost constantly, exposed to discrimination, vilification and targeted offensive behaviour," he said.

    Thursday's changes to the Discrimination Act also added disability to the list, so it is now illegal to vilify someone because of disability, religion, race, sexuality, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS status. Vilification can include social media posts, actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.

    Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson said the Liberals wanted a harmonious, multicultural society free from extremism. He had been shot at by Sunni and Shiite extremists and by the IRA, so he knew firsthand the consequences of extremism, but others in the community experienced the consequences daily.

    Christians and Jews were also vilified for their beliefs and would be protected by the new legislation, he said.

    Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech but to "ensure the political discourse does not descend into hatred".

    Protections against discrimination (as opposed to vilification) were also extended on Thursday, with new bans on discrimination on the basis of accommodation status, employment status, genetic information, immigration status, intersex status, physical features, altered sex, and being a victim of domestic and family violence.


    ACT parliament passes religious vilification laws


    Google doesn't come in with any results from the worlds mainstream media.

    What's up? You can't call Mo's sky fairy a sky fairy any more on pain of legal action?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech
    Quite telling that he would feel the need to make such a statement...

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    Christians and Jews were also vilified for their beliefs and would be protected by the new legislation, he said.
    Also this being added is telling who it is actually designed for. Christians and Jews are used to it and haven't been complaining

    But I find it very strange - or is it, in view of incidents in Europe and elsewhere not being reported in the press, or reported belatedly - that there are hardly any reports on this. Something which fundamentaly shifts the freedom of speech rights in Oz.

    Vilification can include social media posts, actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.
    And it is obviously about freedom of speech. Yet I've not heard an Ozzie peep. Weird.

    Basically it's worse than a blasphemy law. Blasphemy Plus.


    If Muslims were wise, they'd oppose this law. This will just ratchet up anti-Muslim sentiment.
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    I still have the right to say that Islam is not religious ?

    He can go and stick his head up a dead camels arse and breath deeply.

    Hard to believe that Aussies would accept that law.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    "It is clear [Muslims] are frequently, almost constantly, exposed to discrimination, vilification and targeted offensive behaviour," he said.
    I wonder why,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech
    Quite telling that he would feel the need to make such a statement...
    Not really. Freedom of speech as a concept isn't very well understood by some.

    Just take a look at TD: plenty of posters on here that think being unable to call other people "niggers"; "faggots" etc. is an egregious transgression against their 'freedom of speech'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree View Post
    actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.
    Interesting. Many people would say that the burkha is an item of dress that incites hatred, contempt, ridicule and revulsion.

    Obviously not the intent of the law, but i would sincerely like to see that law tested in that manner.

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    I say FUCKEM, they can march up and down the streets say KILL ALL INFIDELS and we are all supposed to sit back and take it. They excepted their new country and THEIR laws so fork off with you sharia law crap and get the hell OUT.

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    ^ I've been called a fag, more times than I can remember...

    It still leaves me with mental scars.. I'm seeing my therapist tomorrow...

    She's a Muzzie nigger... but I won't hold that against her.

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    ^ man-up, ya farkin fag!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree View Post
    actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.
    Interesting. Many people would say that the burkha is an item of dress that incites hatred, contempt, ridicule and revulsion.

    Obviously not the intent of the law, but i would sincerely like to see that law tested in that manner.
    French Riviera City Bans Specialty Swimsuit For Muslim Women
    Going into effect late last month, a city ordinance bans the burkini as well as any swimwear that "ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France ... [is] the target of terrorist attacks."
    The law was introduced by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, whom The Associated Press quotes as calling the burkini "the symbol of Islamist extremism."

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...m-bathing-suit
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somboon
    Does bagging an atheist count?
    depends on the bag limit of the state you are in

    this law is a bit worrying as I could see that denigration and contempt of religions might be able to be construed as vilification

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    The ACT parliament is about as useful and important as a ashtray on a motorbike.
    Just runs the capital full of public servants and bedwetting PC wankers.
    The Green politicians are always trying to feel the love with the muzzies,always wanting more in the country,plus no coal fired power plants,they would freeze their arses off
    there in the winter if they had to rely on solar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    ^ man-up, ya farkin fag! (Still on for this evening, sweetie? )
    That's number 11,694... not that I'm counting... my therapist says I shouldn't count the times I've been called a poof or queer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech
    Quite telling that he would feel the need to make such a statement...
    Not really. Freedom of speech as a concept isn't very well understood by some.

    Just take a look at TD: plenty of posters on here that think being unable to call other people "niggers"; "faggots" etc. is an egregious transgression against their 'freedom of speech'.
    Of course it is, faggot.

    Irony is wasted on you.

    Australia, really is turning to shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator
    I say FUCKEM, they can march up and down the streets say KILL ALL INFIDELS
    Well, you'll be pleased, I'm sure, that this new law would prohibit that kind of chanting as it is aimed at a group's belief (or lack thereof).

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