John Roskam writing in the Australian Financial Review last week, following the anti-discrimination complaint of Archishop Julian Porteous’ innocuous marriage pamphlet, and how, as well as “chilling freedom of speech”, anti-discrimination laws are “now also chilling this country’s political process”:
The plebiscite on same-sex marriage is one of two significant and contentious votes to take place in the new few years. The other is the referendum on Indigenous recognition… it’s entirely legitimate to have a debate about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution, but if there is a chance for it to be regarded as legitimate, it must be the outcome of a free and open debate between two sides. Under Australian anti-discrimination legislation, if someone participating in the debate on Indigenous recognition says something deemed by the authorities to be “insulting” or “offensive”, they will be breaking the law.
A vote in a plebiscite or referendum, in which one side is not allowed to present its case, is not a legitimate vote. That’s why both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage should be concerned by the complaint against Archbishop Porteous and the Catholic Church.
Read the whole article here.