How far can you go in living your beliefs? Secular groups in Australia fear that hardline Muslims preaching Sharia law could soon be protected from criticism under new religious freedom laws.
The new Religious Discrimination Act was recently proposed in the state of Victoria. The proposal was made after the Islamic Council of Victoria asked for “protection for people to safely practice their freedom of religion in Australia.” Interestingly, this happened only a few weeks after hardline Muslim groups affiliated with the council made controversial statements in line with their interpretation of Islamic law.
Muslim preacher Nassim Abdi has previously declared that it is sinful for a woman to refuse sex with her husband.
So how does the Religious Discrimination Act work? The proposed law will make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their religion. In addition to that, a new Religious Freedom Commissioner will be elected.
Not surprisingly, many are concerned about the possible effects of the proposed law. Secular Party of Australia president John Perkins stated that it could embolden hardline Muslims to preach Sharia law practices.
“All of those things, if you look at them, they’re all mandated on the Quran, various forms of human rights abuses. Protecting Christians from criticism, which is probably the motivation, it could very well have this side effect, that all religions become beyond criticism including all of the egregious practices that you can think of.”
Jamil El Biza of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association says Muslims saying ‘Merry Christmas’ are ‘sinful’.
Sharia law has several practices that could breach Australian law. For instance, child marriage is illegal in the country but is part of Sharia law provisions. Likewise, women do not have equal rights as men under the law.
Hardline Muslim preachers have also been bold with their declarations. One preacher declared that it is a woman’s duty to make herself available for sex with her husband. Another stated that Muslims who greet Christians a “Merry Christmas” is being “sinful.”
For now, the Religious Discrimination Act has been flagged by Prime Minister Scott Morrison after former attorney-general Philip Ruddock made a review of faith freedom.
Thailand Police Lay Down Their Weapons, Join Protesters To Fight The Power
Instead of blocking the protesters, the police laid their weapons down and declared a truce.
This is that amazing moment when police officers, who were tasked to block and fight protesters, decided to lay down their weapons, declare a truce, and join forces to fight the power. It may sound unbelievable to some but yes, this really happened recently in Thailand.
As you can see in the images below, the cops laid down their helmets and barricades on the ground as a symbol of peace and unity with the protesters. Members from the two groups can be seen embracing each other - and tears of joy were even shed.
It turned out to be a peaceful protest!
Two Nuns Embezzle $500K from Catholic School for Las Vegas Gambling Trips
They’re now asking for “forgiveness and prayer,” according to the monsignor.
Two nuns from a Catholic school in Southern California has reportedly stolen a "substantial amount" of money for vacations and gambling trips in Las Vegas. Michael Meyers, monsignor of the St. James Catholic School, addressed the controversy in a recent letter to parishioners.
According to Meyers, internal investigations have confirmed that Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang have used school funds. Kreuper worked for 28 years in the school and was serving as principal at the time of her retirement. Chang was an eight grade teacher and has been there for the past 20 years. Both have retired earlier this year.
How One Man Rigged The Lottery And Won 5 Times Before Finally Getting Caught
It all started with a joke – it led to being the biggest scam in US lotto history.
It all started with a joke told by a colleague and it eventually led to one of the biggest crimes in the history of US lottery. At the time, Eddie Tipton was working as a software programmer and IT security head for Iowa’s Multi-State Lottery Association when company accountant Gene Schaller suddenly quipped “Hey, did you put your secret numbers in there?”
The thought then planted an idea in Tipton’s mind. Yes, he can actually write a code that could rig the lottery draw if he wanted – and he began working on it soon thereafter.