By: Kyle James | 10-15-2018 | News
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Australia's Liberal PM Wants To Force Religious Schools To Accept Gay Students

In America, Harvard University researchers found evidence that students of Asian descent were discriminated against because of their ethnicity. But what about when a student is discriminated against because of their sexuality? Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison believes that religious schools should be forced to accept students regardless of their sexuality.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No school should be allowed to turn away a gay student, Scott Morrison says.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@abcnews) <a href="">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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This is so ironic because it seems likely an idea that originated against Christian schools who did not wish to accept gay students, but the ultra-progressive liberal administration running Australia may have some unintended consequences if their proposed legislation is passed. The irony lies in the fact that if the legislation is passed and religious schools must accept students regardless of their sexuality, this will also apply to Muslim schools or Islamic educational institutions in the land down under.

Prime Minister Morrison probably thought he would show those pesky Christians that everyone is equal, even the gays, but he might not have thought far ahead enough to realize the very same legislation will wreak havoc among the country's token Muslim immigrants who progressive leaders love to put ahead of their own citizens.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new legislation would "make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality." Currently, some Australian states are allowed to reject gay students. The dilemma has come into focus in recent months as the newly elected ultra-progressive Liberal party that Australians elected has shined a light on so-called "social justice" issues.

If we don't keep some sovereignty when it comes to how a business is run, things will only get worse from there. However, if we are talking about government-assisted institutions, such as those in America that are discriminating against Asian students, then we can't leave out the fact that you shouldn't be shut out by an entity that also forces you to pay through taxes. Same-sex marriage was literally just made legal last year in Australia, so it is natural that these type of issues will start rising to the surface.

A report that was commissioned by after gay marriage was legalized was leaked and is making waves after it was revealed the report "suggested that procedures for non-state schools to reject gay students should be made consistent nationwide." Meaning that private schools that don't get state funding should retain their right to refuse service to anyone they choose. Just like the baker who the Supreme Court in America ruled didn't have to bake a gay couple's wedding cake.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prime Minister <a href="">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> will make urgent changes to discrimination laws to prevent schools from expelling gay students. It is an attempt to end a political firestorm over religious freedoms in the lead up to the Wentworth by-election. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) <a href="">October 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Saturday, leader of the center-right Liberal-National coalition, and newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the proposals which include some safeguards for gay students would be "carefully and respectfully" considered. The Prime Minister made it clear that religious schools would not be allowed to refuse service under the new legislation. "Given recent misreporting, we have an opportunity here to bring forward a simple amendment to end the confusion," Morrison said.

State schools in Australia have already banned discriminating against students based on their sexuality but the leaked proposals suggest the same fate may not before the country's private schools. The review was commissioned after gay marriage was legalized last year and is still being heavily debated by the cabinet despite being finished four months ago. The report dismisses the idea that religious freedom in Australia is in "imminent peril" but conservative MPs fear the change could restrict people's ability to practice their religion freely.

The report notes, "There is a wide variety of religious schools in Australia and … to some school communities, cultivating an environment and ethos which conforms to their religious beliefs is of paramount importance. To the extent that this can be done in the context of appropriate safeguards for the rights and mental health of the child, the panel accepts their right to select, or preference, students who uphold the religious convictions of that school community."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> has tried to calm fears that his government will bolster laws allowing religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="">@telester</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) <a href="">October 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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There is already Commonwealth legislation that contains provisions to permit discrimination against gay students. Prime Minister Morrison added, "Our government will consider the details and release our response after it has gone through a proper cabinet process. We will protect religious freedom, and get the balance right. Each proposal will be considered carefully and respectfully before any final decisions are taken."

Most importantly, the report found, "Specifically protecting freedom of religion would be out of step with the treatment of other rights." Ironically, the report also recommended the government amend the Racial Discrimination Act or create a new Religious Discrimination Act. That way it would become illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person's religious belief or lack of one.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Phillip Ruddock tries to hand over his explosive &#39;Freedom to bash Gays&#39; report to Scott Morrison before <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WentworthVotes</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspolcartoons</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; TwoEyeHead👀 (@TwoEyeHead) <a href="">October 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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