The Australian government is bowing to the Christian lobby by giving the churches special exemptions from the law. This is evident in new legislation which has not been tested, notably the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 and the Human Rights & Anti-discrimination Bill 2012, which is scheduled to come before the Senate on 18 February 2013.
Citizens should be wary of any move entrenching privilege for vested interests, as it is clearly anti-democratic. The nation’s problems cry to be managed with more democracy, not less.
The Humanist Society of Victoria joins with the Rationalist Society of Australia and other freethinking groups in announcing today a Manifesto for a secular Australia, which advances ten points of secularism.