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Australia has introduced a controversial new bill aimed at protecting religious people from "canceling culture ".
Among other things, this would allow Catholic schools to fire teachers or expel gay students in the name of "religious ethos ".
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Religious Discrimination Bill, if passed, would ensure protection for people and religious organizations, such as churches, to express their beliefs
Critics say it is " deeply imbalanced ".
Introducing the bill on Thursday, Mr Morrison said it aims to protect people's " beliefs "as long as it does not was not "harassment ", defamation or intimidation of anyone. "
But the Australian Center for Human Rights said the bill do notfailed to "equitably balance the right to equality with freedom of religion ".
Human rights and LGBT groups also warned that the law would instead license people to express fanatical opinions.
The law also allows people to make derogatory or damaging comments in the workplace, at school and in a healthcare setting, the rights group said human rights.
Equality Australia, a gay rights group, told the ABC earlier this week: "When ... a nurse tells an HIV-positive patient that her HIV is a punishment from God, for example… [which] could constitute a statement of belief, would be protected by law under this bill. "
Such incidents have occurred in the past in Australia, but victims can file discrimination claims. The new law, if passed, would nullify these rights.
What led to this bill?
The subject of religious discrimination has been at the center of several public debates in recent years, especially following the 'Australia passed the same sexual marriage legislation in 2017.
This sparked a government inquiry - led by the Conservatives - into whether religious groups believe their right to marriage 'expression was restricted.
Cases like the sacking of rugby player Israel Folau from the Wallabies national team for saying on his Instagram account that "hell awaits " them gay men also sparked conversation.
The Australian government was also criticized earlier this year for bestowing an Order of Australia honor on tennis by Margaret Court, who has publicly expressed anti-gay views.
Two State Premiers at Time said Canberra should not have given him this honeur.
But Mr. Morrison, a Pentecostal Christian, has increasingly derided concerns about discrimination as "canceling culture ".
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" people should not be quashed, persecuted or vilified because their beliefs are different from anyone else's. "
The bill should be reviewed before it is voted on in the upper house of the Senate next year.