by Timothy Tay
Picture two recent reports; the banning of women wearing tight pants (jeans) in Aceh7) | | : Women banned from wearing trousers: Hotli Simanjuntak, The Jakarta Post October 28 2009 Province and the confiscation of 10,000 Bibles intended for Sarawak,2) | | : As polls loom, Sarawak wants BM bibles freed: March 14, 2011 . Herald Malaysian Online a Malaysian state with Christian majority.Surely these are examples of blatant attack on human rights and freedom of expression that are afront to Australians, or is it?
Now picture yourself wearing a crucifix to work and praying for a patient in hospital. You have just run foul of a national charter of rights3) | | : Rights threat to religious tolerance, Chris Merritt & Nicola Berkovic: The Australian October 28, 2009 that legislators in Australia are putting in place.
The State of Victoria and ACT took the lead in legislating Bills of Rights. One case brought to court under this legislation had to do with a sermon preached in a Christian gathering that was considered to be provocative against a sector of the community.4) | | : Danny Nalliah, Catch the Fire Ministries. Wiki.
The Hon John Howard, former PM, had these to say at this year’s Menzies Lecture5) | | : 2009 Proposed Charter of Rights: by John Howard: The Australian August 27, 2009 in Perth, “At present, the Government of Victoria appears to have established a laboratory of human rights in which all sorts of tests are being conducted. We have the Victorian Charter of Rights, a sort of poor man’s Bill of Rights. It states that a person has a right to join a trade union. Strangely though, it does not also say that the same person has a right not to join a trade union.” On the danger of legislators passing to the courts the right to interpret the Charter, Mr Howard had this to add, “The essence of my objection to a Bill of Rights is that, contrary to its very description, it reduces the rights of citizens to determine matters over which they should continue to exercise control. It does this by transferring decision making authority to unelected judges, accountable to no one except in the barest theoretical sense.“
What begun as a subtle act of the serpent in the pristine garden setting of Eden6) | : Biblical Ref: Genesis 3 that combined the distortion of the Creator’s command with the appealing offer of supreme knowledge had resulted in the wholesale destruction of human dignity and freedom which the Bible called Sin.8) | : Biblical Ref: John 8:7-10; Romans 5:12
Today, the same crafty serpent is questioning the foundation of Australian ethos, built on the teachings of the Bible, with humanistic appeals that are completely void of the holy fear of God.9) | : Biblical Ref:: Romans 3:10-18
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|1.||↑||| | : CAIR’s Fight Against Pennsylvania Foreign Law Bill: February 13, 2012 By David J. Rusin|
|2.||↑||| | : As polls loom, Sarawak wants BM bibles freed: March 14, 2011 . Herald Malaysian Online|
|3.||↑||| | : Rights threat to religious tolerance, Chris Merritt & Nicola Berkovic: The Australian October 28, 2009|
|4.||↑||| | : Danny Nalliah, Catch the Fire Ministries. Wiki.|
|5.||↑||| | : 2009 Proposed Charter of Rights: by John Howard: The Australian August 27, 2009|
|6.||↑||| : Biblical Ref: Genesis 3|
|7.||↑||| | : Women banned from wearing trousers: Hotli Simanjuntak, The Jakarta Post October 28 2009|
|8.||↑||| : Biblical Ref: John 8:7-10; Romans 5:12|
|9.||↑||| : Biblical Ref:: Romans 3:10-18|