NSW: New religious vilification protections a step forward for faith in NSW

Religious vilification ban

In a step forward for the protection of religious freedom in NSW, Parliament has passed a religious vilification amendment to the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act on 3 August making it an offence to “incite hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule” of a person or group of people on religious grounds.

Under the new law, which passed the NSW Legislative Assembly on 3 August, a punishable public act of vilification includes any form of communication to the public whether verbal or non-verbal.

People who do not have a religious belief or affiliation or do not engage in religious activity are also protected under the new law.

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