September 27, 2009

Religious groups will still have to put up with breastfeeding women

Mr Hulls will protect the right of hundreds of church-run organisations - including schools, hospitals and welfare services - to refuse to employ or provide services to people who they believe may undermine their beliefs.

Under the deal, Mr Hulls will allow church groups to continue discriminating on the grounds of sex, sexuality, marital and parental status and gender identity. But they will be unable to discriminate on the basis of race, disability, age, physical features, political beliefs or activity, or breastfeeding.

Leading discrimination law expert Professor Margaret Thornton said it was a win for fundamentalist religious groups. ''In terms of a person's private life … their sexual preference or marital status really has nothing to do with their ability to perform a job. Being able to discriminate on marital status is particularly absurd. It is really out of date. It really amounts to the policing of women because the focus is on single mothers, not on men.''

Government bows to religious right


  1. Not sure if that includes all breastfeeding women, or only the married ones.

  2. Do you ever get the feeling that certain groups of people are never ever going to accept the differences of other groups? That perhaps it's a complete folly to keep trying to force people to be understanding and accommodating of others?

    Oh well, one step forward two steps back.

  3. Jacob4:15 PM

    They'll be able to discriminate against a breastfeeding lesbian mother who conceived her child by artificial insemination, even if she's a devout believer in God.

    But they won't be able to discriminate against a godless communist.

    Seems Rob Hulls has opened the floodgate for his commie comrades to whiteant the godbotherers.

  4. Good point Jacob. While the legislation is bad, the intentions and outcomes for the church groups are worse. Hardly inspires faith, does it. Very often, the act of insisting on being treated differently, insisting on special rules that others don't have access to, or exemption from rules that apply to the rest of society, is far less desirable than special groups like to imagine.