Australia passes ‘blasphemy’ law designed to prevent ‘hate speech’

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Australia passes ‘blasphemy’ law designed to prevent ‘hate speech’Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal in Australia and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500

Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal in Australia and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500, under laws passed by the ACT parliament.

Both Labor and Liberal supported the move put by the Greens Shane Rattenbury, who said the display of hatred, intolerance and offensive behaviour towards Muslims was one of the biggest intolerance issues in Australia today.

The changes to the Discrimination Act also added disability to the list, so it is now illegal to vilify someone because of disability, religion, race, sexuality, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS status. Vilification can include social media posts, actions in a workplace and wearing clothes, signs or flags that would incite hatred, contempt, ridicule or revulsion.

Christians and Jews were also vilified for their beliefs and would be protected by the new legislation, he said. Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the change was not designed to limit freedom of speech but to “ensure the political discourse does not descend into hatred”.

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