News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

Catholics and other believers victims of "intolerance" in Australia

by Hannah Tooley

George Brandis, 36th Attorney-General for Australia, told a roundtable of faith leaders that Catholics are the victims of an "alarming emergence of intolerance of religious faith".

The Guardian has reported that the Attorney general used the example of people ridiculing the religion of former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

He said the "incessant, smearing ridicule" of Abbott's faith showed "bigotry at its most shameless."

He said: "[It was] made worse, if possible, by the added hypocrisy of the fact that many of those who engaged in that sneering were the very same people who like to pose as the enemies of bigotry."

He was speaking at the Human Rights Commission's inaugural roundtable on religious freedom and also raised concern about the country's intolerance towards Muslim Australians saying it showed Australia's "somewhat inconsistent attitudes" towards religious tolerance.

Mr Brandis continued saying that Christians, and highlighted that particularly Catholics, were often the subject of "mockery and insult by prominent writers and commentators."

"Members of the Islamic community are sometimes the victims of suspicion and hostility directed against them by those ignorantly seeking to blame terrorist violence upon Koranic teaching."

He continued saying sneering towards Catholics was one of the reasons for the comments made by former high court judge Dyson Heydon, who said anti-Catholicism in Australia could be called "the racism of the intellectuals."

Brandis challenged people, from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Anglican, Baha'i, Russian Orthodox and Buddhist faiths in attendance, to find ways for mutual respect to be promoted.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email