Temple Of Satan Makes Submission To Australian Government’s Religious Freedoms Bill
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The Australian government is pushing ahead with its Religious Freedoms Bill, which was a response to the same-sex marriage legalisation.
The Morrison administration wants to ensure that people of all faiths will be able to exercise their beliefs in the country and it has allowed people to submit their thoughts about the potential legislation.
No doubt there will be loads of people on both sides of the debate giving their two cents about how the bill should be created, but one group has made its submission public.
The Temple of Satan sounds like a very unlikely contributor to a Religious Freedoms Bill, but its offering is both hilarious and eye-opening to what Australia would be like if the bill gets approved.
The submission said: "Satanism has a message so powerful that we do not need laws to protect it. Simply put, Noosa Satanists feel the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill is completely unnecessary and a waste of this Federal Government's time.
"Having said that, should this parliament vote to enact this legislation then Satanists across across Australia will aggressively use this law to ensure we can access all the privileges it guarantees.
"From access to street evangelism, school breakfast programs, school chaplaincy programs, school personal development programs, school touring band programs, school weekend programs, Federal, State and Local grant programs, access to public facilities etc. the list is endless.
"We shall use our local Federal Member, Commissioners and courts to defend our newfound rights under this proposed legislation.
"Satan has great plans for the future of Noosa and Australia and we intend to use every avenue available to us to reach our goals."
The submission concluded: "Hail Satan!"
To be fair, they're not wrong: if the government wants to pursue this bill then it will have to be ready for every religion across Australia to speak up and take advantage of what the legislation offers.
At the moment, under the government's wordings, the legislation will allow pharmacists the ability to refuse to give out contraception if it goes against their religious beliefs of sex before marriage.
Attorney-General Christian Porter told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that a doctor could refuse to prescribe hormone treatment for a trans person, for example.
"That's fine, but you have to exercise that in a consistent way, so you don't engage in the procedure at all," he said.