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Religious Vilification, Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Minorities in Australia: The Freedom to Be Different


Patrick Parkinson


The University of Sydney Law School


Australian Law Journal, Vol. 81, No. 12, pp. 954-966, 2007
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/59

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Australian laws concerning religious vilification and the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of religious belief pose a danger to the future of multiculturalism. They have a chilling effect on legitimate expressions of religious freedom because of the impact that 'folklaw' and risk-averse management have on people's behaviour. They may also create conflict by establishing a new forum for disputes that courts can never resolve. Communities who share values based on faith need the freedom to argue their understanding of truth and to discriminate between right and wrong as they see it. A new approach to multiculturalism is proposed that balances the different interests involved and which may benefit other minorities as well.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: human rights, law and religion, religious freedom, anti-discrimination, religious vilification, multiculturalism

JEL Classification: J70, K10, K30


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Date posted: June 18, 2008  

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Parkinson, Patrick, Religious Vilification, Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Minorities in Australia: The Freedom to Be Different. Australian Law Journal, Vol. 81, No. 12, pp. 954-966, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1144962

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Patrick Parkinson (Contact Author)
The University of Sydney Law School ( email )
New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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