I did have some confusion around the difference between freedom of religion and religious freedom. today I am clear. The former is about people having the freedom to follow a religion without persecution. The latter is about a specific Religious Freedom to behaviour in ways in accordance with that religion. Israel Falou would be a case in point. On the one hand he is practicing Religious Freedom believing homosexuals will go to Hell, on the other hand he is discriminating as he is viewing those who are homosexual as abominations in the eyes of God according to the Bible.
I will provide two viewpoints one from homosexuals and one from Christians. The underlying point is that religious observance can cause division in our society and potential discrimination and vilification.
This came into my inbox about the Religious Discrimination Bill. Below is my video referring to Turning the Tide.
Religious Discrimination Bill threat to inclusive services
Equality Australia has released a statement calling on the Government to remove unbalanced provisions in the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, which threaten safe and inclusive workplaces and services.
These provisions would give licence to people to discriminate against others or make demeaning comments if they claim to be motivated by their religion, and would override long standing federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
CHP is committed to the principle that all workers and consumers in our sector should have a workplace, or receive a service, in dignity and without discrimination. That’s why we have signed up to urge the Government not to implement the Bill, and encourage others to join us. Sign the discrimination statement
or learn more about the Bill and its impacts.
Faith-based organisations, including Anglicare Victoria, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, Jewish Care Victoria, McAuley Community Services for Women, Sacred Heart Mission and Uniting Vic.Tas, are also joining this call for action and have developed a dedicated faith-based organisation’s statement to call on Government to not implement the Bill.
To find out more, get in touch with David or Paige from Equality Australia.
My video on YouTube is below. This reference is the book I am showing. https://barnabasfund.org/en/news/Our-Religious-Freedom-campaign-booklet-Turn-The-Tide-quoted-extensively-during-parliamentary-debate
I discuss inspiration, direct connection and love. The challenge is can you love the unloveable?
The video comments do not condone any sexual act that harms adults or children. Abuse is another matter and has to be confronted and the perpetrator held to account and if possible, reformed.
I raise the issue of religious government. This is a card on the table in Australia likely linked to US far right politics.
Tue 7 Jan 2020 11.22 AEDT
First published on Tue 7 Jan 2020 04.00 AEDT
The NSW Rural Fire Service says it will consult its members before
deciding how to spend the extraordinary influx of bushfire donations, as
it tries to weigh the intentions of those who have given money.
The head of the RFS, Shane Fitzsimmons, said allocating the
“extraordinary” influx of donations from the public, now into the tens
of millions of dollars, would be a challenge for the organisation, but
that it was a “nice challenge to have”.
He pledged to spend the donations “where it was intended”, directing
the money towards fire victims as well as the fire service itself.
The RFS, which has been the main focus of donations in the wake of
the bushfires, is primarily funded by the state government, as Michael
Eburn, an expert in emergency management at the Australian National
University, has noted.
“People should understand, before they make their donation, that
fundamentally they are making a donation to the NSW government,” Eburn wrote on Monday.
Millions more have flowed to the RFS through private donations and other fundraising efforts.
Fitzsimmons said the depth and breadth of donations “reflects the best we’ve got in humanity”.
“I think it’s quite extraordinary and extremely generous,” he said.
Fitzsimmons said the organisation did not yet know how it would spend
the donations, and that allocating the additional money would be a
challenge, “but a nice challenge to have”.
“We will consult with members, we will make sure we understand
firstly, what was the intention behind people contributing to that fund:
was it to go to disaster victims, was it to go to make better
arrangements and better conditions for volunteers? We will need to
target the money to where people intended it to go.
“We need to make sure that we get something tangible, and we get some
real benefit out of this, and we don’t want to lose sight of the fact
that that extraordinary generosity will make a massive difference.”
The amount committed to the NSW RFS donations fund has dwarfed the donations raised in previous years.
from 2017-18 – showed gifts of $768,044 to the RFS, of which $546,000 was donated to individual brigades, and $222,000 to the central fund for distribution. The largest single donation was $25,000.
The central donations fund exists “solely for the purpose of
supporting the volunteer-based fire and emergency service activities of
the brigades”. It is unclear how the money will, or could, be divided
with other fire services or with bushfire victims, if it has been
donated to the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations
Fund. But the trust deed allows the trustees to disburse funds as recommended by the RFS executive committee.
The service is also running dedicated fundraising appeals
for the families of volunteer firefighters Samuel McPaul, Geoffrey
Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, killed fighting fires this bushfire season.
The NSW RFS budget for this financial year is $424m, funded by the NSW state government.
Writing in The Big Smoke Australia,
Eburn said donating to the RFS was commendable given the vital work it
performs, but stressed that the organisation was a government funded and
“The RFS is not an organisation run by volunteers and funded by
community donations,” he wrote. “The RFS is not a volunteer
organisation, it is a government organisation that relies on volunteers.
“No doubt the trustees, the RFS, and brigades that benefit … and the
trustees of the fund, will do their best to ensure that it is well spent
to advance the RFS abilities in coming years but people should
understand, before they make their donation, that fundamentally they are
making a donation to the NSW government.”
In the wake of devastating fires in that state, the Victorian
government has established a new government agency – Bushfire Recovery
Victoria – to coordinate the state’s fire recovery. The agency, headed
by former police chief commissioner Ken Lay, has been given a budget of
Lay said the new agency would work with local communities to guide their own recoveries.
“When disasters happen in local communities, the answers are
generally in their community, so I’ll be looking for local people to
give local advice, local resources to address these issues.”
Premier Daniel Andrews asked those wanting to help not to donate
clothing, goods, or food, but money to the state government-run bushfire
“I know it’s tough to watch this all unfold and feel helpless. I know
a lot of people want to get stuck in and lend a hand. But it’s
important to remember that the emergency relief effort is being run by
experienced organisations, and they don’t have space to sort or store
“If you want to help, please consider donating to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Every dollar raised will go towards immediate support for those who have lost everything.
“Victorians have been incredibly generous already. After just a few
days, the appeal is sitting at $2m, and our government will match the
current amount raised.”