Referendum on Role of Religion? Or simply confirming and practicing secularism?

Referendum on Role of Religion? Or simply confirming and practicing secularism? By Jaymez.

Today I saw a Change.org petition going around suggesting that Australians should hold a referendum on Muslim Immigration.

I don’t believe we need a referendum on Muslim immigration. I don’t care what religion people follow, as long as they do not impose it or their rules on others.

Perhaps we need a referendum on the role of religion in Australian society given its creep on our individual rights and freedoms?

One person’s religion should have no negative impact on others, including family members. We should have laws against arranged marriages, imposition of restrictive dress codes, lack of personal freedom to go out in public with whomever they want as an adult, regardless of gender. We should enforce no female genital mutilations (FGMs), no child brides, and no restrictive religious schooling. …

What Australia needs to do is re-assert itself as a secular society. … Australians should not be forced to subsidize religions in any way.

A very consistent viewpoint. No need to ban Muslim immigration, but be strict about making everyone fit into a secular society or pay their own way. Could we apply the same separation of church and state to the environmental religion too? Read it all.

A reader comments: This misses the point. Islam is more than a religion, it’s a fully-integrated system — a totalitarian political ideology, where the penalty for leaving is the death penalty.