ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM - FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION

ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM - FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION

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Jane Franklin Hall

6 Elboden Street

South Hobart, TAS 7004

Australia

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Christopher Dawson believed that religion was an essential component of any properly functioning human culture.

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Freedom of speech has never been a secure human right. But one of the great achievements of the West has been a gradual increase in the legal and constitutional protections offered to citizens in all areas of their civil and religious lives. Yet it appears to be the case that this hard-won right to free expression in religious matters is being eroded at an alarming rate as new social movements push for legal restrictions on the public expression of beliefs, particularly as they relate to human sexuality and the family. In some Australian states the public expression of religious belief on topics such as human sexuality is already subject to prosecution under anti-discrimination or so-called ‘conversion therapy’ laws. This has already produced a ‘chilling’ effect, which has largely silenced those with traditional views. How are we to respond to this predicament?

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