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Aussie Politicians Are Calling For An 'Israel Folau' Religious Freedom Law

Aussie Politicians Are Calling For An 'Israel Folau' Religious Freedom Law

Now the Coalition has won the Aussie federal election, the Morrison Government is steaming ahead with promises made during the campaign.

They range from social, financial and educational policies, however one is likely to raise eyebrows from some Aussies.

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Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is calling for a religious exemption law to prevent people like Israel Folau from being sacked because of his views.

The star athlete player recently had his contract with Rugby Australia because he posted a picture on Instagram that said homosexuals and other sinners would sent to hell because of their ways.

Credit: Israel Folau/Instagram
Credit: Israel Folau/Instagram

Folau had been warned last year after saying similar things about the LGBT community, with Rugby Australia saying his religious beliefs didn't aline with their code of conduct. Folau was reportedly given a contract after that incident that barred him from espousing his religious views

Joyce wants to see religious beliefs to be removed from employment contracts across the country.

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"You can't bring people's faith beliefs into a contract," Mr Joyce told the Sydney Morning Herald. "Your own views on who god is, where god is or whether there's a god should remain your own personal views and not part of any contractual obligation."

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Mr Joyce said Folau's sacking prompted a pretty big outcry from the community and he wants to make sure that no one else is fired because of their beliefs.

"People were a little bit shocked that someone could lose their job because of what they believe," he said. "It made everyone feel a bit awkward and uneasy."

Credit: ABC/7:30
Credit: ABC/7:30

Attorney-General Christian Porter could bring a Religious Discrimination Act before parliament as early as July.

He says it will be one of the priorities for the Morrison government in the next few weeks.

He told Sky News: "We have anti-discrimination acts based around someone's attributes being sex, or race, or for Australians with a disability.

"The idea that that can also be done for people of strong religious conviction is something that we promised that we would do."

Mr Porter said the issue of religious protections was a hot topic during the election and the Folau saga only exacerbated religious people's concerns for the future.

Despite the Ruddock Review last year finding it unnecessary, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he plans to appoint a Religious Discrimination Commissioner to look into these issues.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.