INCLUSION, EXCLUSION AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
MICHAEL QUINLAN AND A. KEITH THOMPSON (Editors)
A Shepherd Street Press Title
Paperback, 250 pages, $34.95
Release Date: May 24th , 2021
As the world battles a global pandemic it might have been hoped that
people would – at least during the pandemic – be a bit nicer to each
other, a bit more tolerant and a bit more accepting of difference. Alas
that seems not to be so. The Western World – particularly the United
States and Europe - has been riven by conflict with riots, rising crime
rates, a rising lack of civility and the continued spread of cancel
culture and division. While violent rioting has been rare in Australia
that tide of conflict, cancel culture and antipathy towards religious
faith has been washing this way too. This book hopes to bring some
measure of calm to that maelstrom by arguing that we need to seek real
tolerance which means a real acceptance of difference.
The chapters of this book had their birth at The University of Notre
Dame Australia Religious Liberty Conference held in Sydney in 2019.
Since then those papers have been developed and refined and been subject
to the academic peer review process. In these pages you will find
chapters written by authors across Australia and abroad.
Contributions from: Alex Deagon, Shaun de Freitas, Mark Fowler,
Michael Quinlan, Michael Stokes, Paul Taylor, Keith Thompson, and
Is Religious Liberty Loving in Principle - Alex Deagon
Law, Judges and the Exclusionary Nature of Inclusion - Shaun de Freitas.
Judicial Apprehension of Religious Belief under the Commonwealth Religious Discrimination Bill - Mark Fowler.
The exclusivity demands of religion meet the exclusivity demands of
inclusion: the case for a new approach to inclusion in Australia -
Section 17 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas) and the decline of
conscience as a means of social control - Michael Stokes.
What on earth does Australia think of religious freedom? Not very inclusive - Paul Taylor.
Religious freedom has always been about including minorities - A. Keith Thompson.
Religious freedoms and inclusivity - Charles Wilson