Reported today in The Australian:
Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher said it was “truly alarming” that any Australian would face proceedings before a tribunal for stating traditional Christian beliefs.
“Catholics, like the overwhelming majority of Australians, support freedoms of religion and speech,” Archbishop Fisher said. “Just as no one should be ridiculed or demeaned in the marriage debate, so too no one should be dragged before tribunals merely for stating one side of that debate.”
He said fair-minded readers of the bishops’ booklet “Don’t Mess With Marriage” would see that it was carefully worded and compassionate, and not designed to provoke or hurt.
… The commission’s decision was also attacked by champions of freedom of speech.
“This case highlights the attack on free speech represented by anti-discrimination law — it should never be a crime to offend a person,” said Simon Breheny, of free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.