Extreme laws have already been introduced by the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria that protect Islam from criticism.
The Islamic State of Saudi Arabia, where women are not even allowed to drive and the definition of the capital offence of terrorism has since 2011 included political criticism of the government is extremist Islam at work.
When the Islamic State of Saudi Arabia was head of the UN Human Rights Committee it introduced and forced through extremist protections which made unlawful the criticism of Islam and which are supposed to be enforced by every member State.
The Australian Government used its sovereign powers not to pass these religious discrimination laws, Section 18C does not apply the hurt feelings test to the religious. That has not stopped the left wing States of Australia.
The ACT, Qld, Victorian State govts have already by passed the s18C controversy and introduced overly protective Religious Discrimination Protective Laws.
The left wing are already for when s18C gets amended or appealed. Those who protest against extremist religion in Australia are already worse off under state laws than the Federal Law.
Any Federal amendments, or a repeal of section 18C, needs to show the Commonwealth has “covered the field” on the constraints of constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech.
The Federal Government must ensure that it clearly has considered the issue of religious criticism and has decided not to include it in discrimination laws.
In 2016 the Federation of Australia cannot permit individual States to by-pass the national laws. There must be a common standard across the nation.
State legislations are invalid to the extent of their inconsistency with Federal Laws that are intended to “cover the field”.
We must not be left in a worse position in each State with respect to religious hurt feelings brought about by criticism of religion than we are now with race.
If you do not want your religion vilified because of paedophile priests then stop your preachers from being paedophiles. If you do not want your religion vilified for supporting terrorist acts then speak out against it and stop it happening.
I say that the Koran is now itself in breach of the new State laws such as the recent amendments made in the ACT.
The Koran has been made unlawful.
The law must be enforced mustn’t it?
Ban or restrict its circulation and sale.
The “Peaceful Pill Hand Book” which sets out to assist people who may die a violent death by disease with a peaceful way out is banned.
Why should a book that sets out to give a violent death to peaceful people not be banned?.
Freedom of speech and information is why neither book should be banned. So instead:
Use tobacco sales laws.
Brown paper bags only. Warnings on the cover. By request only, No advertising. Not to be sold to Minors. Not to be sold to persons of unsound mind and not to be given to terrorist Prisoners in gaol.
ACT. It is unlawful to vilify according to the Discrimination Act 1991.
67A Unlawful vilification
(1) It is unlawful for a person to incite hatred toward, revulsion of, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person or group of people on the ground of any of the following, other than in private:
(b) gender identity;
(c) HIV/AIDS status;
(e) religious conviction;
Examples—other than in private
1 screening recorded material at an event that is open to the public, even if privately organised
2 writing a publically viewable post on social media
3 speaking in an interview intended to be broadcast or published
4 actions or gestures observable by the public
5 wearing or displaying clothes, signs or flags observable by the public
Note 1 Serious vilification is an offence under the Criminal Code, s 750.
Note 2 An example is part of the Act, is not exhaustive and may extend, but does not limit, the meaning of the provision in which it appears (see Legislation Act, s 126 and s 132).
It is unlawful to vilify according to the Discrimination Act 1991.
2. The Canberra Islamic Centre,
Advertises on the Internet and practises readings from the Quran“Education Classes -
Quran Reading: Friday night
Islamic Studies: Monday evenings from Maghrib to Ishaa starting on Tuesday 8 Sep 2015
Wednesday night after Maghrib to Ishaa”
The book which they advertise, The Koran or Quran, (or however it is spelled)
Contains this phrase
“When you encounter the infidels, strike off their heads, until you have made a great slaughter among them” (47.4).
And the Quran contains these other phrases:
For instance: The infidel are “deserving of wrath upon wrath” (2.90); are “the unjust” (2.254); are “the wicked” (80.42); are “deaf, dumb, blind and stupid” (2.171); “their guardians are Satans” (2.257; 7.27); “shall have a drink of boiling water because they disbelieved” (6.70; 10.4); “are the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight” (8.55); are “liars” (16.39, 16.105; 29.12; 59.11; 85.19; 6.110); are “losers” (29.52; 35.39; 39.63; 47.3); are “blind” (6.110).
Allah “puts his curse upon the infidel” (2.89; 33.64; 16.106); “is the enemy of the infidel” (2.98); Allah “does not love or guide the infidel” and “deprives him of blessings” (2.264, 3.32, 3.141, 9.37, 9.80, 30.45); “will gather together the hypocrites and the infidel all in hell” (3.176, 4.140, 9.68); “is displeased with those who befriend the infidel” (5.80); “lays uncleanness on the infidel” (6.125); “will cut off the infidel by the roots” (8.7); “weakens the struggle of the infidel (8.18); “destroyed the infidel” (8.52); “will bring disgrace to the infidel” (9.2); “has cursed the infidel and they shall have lasting punishment” (9.68); is with those who fight their neighbours who are infidel (9.123); “has promised the fire to the infidel” (22.72; 48.13); will “shackle the infidel” (34.33); will “render the words and deeds of the infidel ineffective” and “bring down destruction on the infidel” (33.19; 47.1-2, 10; 47.8).
(from the ACT complaint form)
1. What effect did/will the conduct you are complaining about have on you?Please describe any disadvantage you suffered (or believe you will suffer), any loss, harm or damage that you (will) experience(d) as a result of the conduct or condition, and how it made you feel. There is more space at end of form
I feel that as a person described as an infidel or non-believer in Islam that hatred and threats of physical harm and violence including death towards me is being incited.
I feel that the words specifically and together incite a revulsion of me, serious contempt for me and severe ridicule me in a public way.
I feel threatened, fearful of violence and vilified.
5A. I would like there to be no publication or preaching of the Quran which contains the statements that I have identified and any other sentences which say the same or similar.
5B. I would like the organisation complained of to make a statement that:
We will respect all other non-Muslim religions in word and deed by issuing a clear fatwa with an immediate effect prohibiting:
a) The use of force and violence of any kind against the followers of any or all non-Muslim religions
b) The issue of threats through any religious fatwa threatening with violence against institutions or assassination of individuals or groups and followers of other religions who may be domiciled in the affected localities or any other country be it a Muslim majority or otherwise
c) The use of any force in any form for whatever grievances felt or actual
d) The killing or targeting of any civilian or civil institutions in Islamic and non-Islamic countries as a way and means of addressing any of our grievances.