This week read about a bill allowing religious people to discriminate toward LGBT people in Australia, and Commissioner Olga Baranets accusing Netflix of breaking Russia's "gay propaganda" law.
Australia Legalizes Anti-Gay Views
The Morrison government's Religious Discrimination Bill is before parliament after three years and many versions. However, the bill faces many obstacles from within and beyond the Coalition, making it unlikely that it would become law before the next election.
On Nov. 25, the Pentecostal prime minister submitted the bill to parliament, emphasizing its personal relevance and boosting its prominence as a topic in the next federal election.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Morrison told parliament that the bill's main goal is to provide legal protection for persons of religion against discrimination in employment and education. In the cases of color, sex, handicap, and age, similar prohibitions against discrimination already exist.
Religious freedom is also recognized in states and territories other than NSW and South Australia. However, the bill has measures that go far beyond existing discrimination laws, allowing persons of religion to discriminate against others.
Commissioner Accuses Netflix of Breaking Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law
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According to Reuters, Russia is considering a complaint against Netflix (NFLX.O) after the public commissioner for safeguarding families accused the streaming service of breaking Russian legislation on "gay propaganda."
When streaming LGBT-themed shows with a 16+ designation, the commissioner, Olga Baranets, protested to the Interior Ministry that Netflix was in violation of a 2013 rule that prohibits distributing "propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations" to Russians under the age of 18.
Netflix did not respond to requests for comment. If proven to have broken the legislation, Reuters reported the corporation might face a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($13,400) and a temporary suspension of service.
Human rights organizations have slammed Russia's law. The European Court of Human Rights decided in 2017 that Russia's homosexual propaganda law violated European treaty principles, infringed on freedom of expression, and discriminated against LGBT individuals, a decision Moscow denounced as discriminatory.