'Religious Freedom' Law Divides Australians.


A controversial new law whose backers say will protect "religious freedom" is roiling both religious and secular leaders in Australia.

The bill, which is supported by the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison of the Liberal Party (which despite its name is center-right), is designed to extend protections to people inside and outside the workforce. It was inspired in part by an incident earlier this year where a rugby player was fired after posting religiously tinged anti-gay comments to social media.

The player, Israel Folau, was terminated after he posted a statement asserting "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters --Hell awaits you." Folau later filed a lawsuit, asserting that he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs.

Under the proposed law, large companies would be...

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