News Release

Freedom of Religion Conference is Well Attended


On August 4th, 2019, a conference was held at New South Wales Parliament House to discuss the benefits of religious freedom in a civil society.

Over 150 people attended, representing a wide variety of religions and legal institutions from across NSW and Australia.

Sydney Harbour Stake (diocese) member Carolyn Croker met with people from a wide variety of Christian denominations and Muslim groups to voice the support that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has in the freedom of religion.

She noted, “It was inspiring to hear words of lawyers, academics and politicians.  Australia is becoming more pluralised and secular in its beliefs. There was a very good feeling in the room, being with others who share the same desire for religious liberties to be protected.”

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, Academic Dean and Head of School of Law at the University of Queensland said, "Freedom of religion must necessarily include people with very different beliefs.  It provides the means by which people with diverse and deeply held beliefs are able to live together well.”

Federal Senator Amanda Stoker spoke about the freedom of speech and the changing definition of discrimination in Australian society. “Never before have Christian values, and the right to express them freely, been under such attack. This is not political hyperbole.” 

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