TITLE

Social Justice Issues in the Management of Religious Diversity in Australia

AUTHOR(S)
Bouma, Gary D.
PUB. DATE
December 1999
SOURCE
Social Justice Research;Dec1999, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p283
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
New religions, both those arriving by way of the cultural baggage of migrants and those which are part of the panoply of recent New Religious Movements and the New Age, have challenged and changed Australia's religious demography, but have been incorporated into Australian society in a comparatively peaceable way due to Australia's very tolerant religious institution. The effective management of this new religious diversity has been made possible by previously existing norms and expectations (i.e., institutions). The attempt to enact federal legislation to protect freedom of religion and belief in response to ICCPR Article 18 spearheaded by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission provides an opportunity to examine a particular case of the management of religious diversity. Groups that viewed the consequences of religious difference from a social justice perspective supported the legislation, and those that essentialize religious difference opposed it.
ACCESSION #
11303971

 

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