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Minimising Religious Conflict and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act in Victoria, Australia


Ezzy, D, Minimising Religious Conflict and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act in Victoria, Australia, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26, (2) pp. 198-215. ISSN 2047-704X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1558/jasr.v26i2.198


Religious anti-discrimination legislation in Victoria, Australia, constructively facilitates the nonviolent resolution of religious conict through legislation and litigation. The article demonstrates this argument through two detailed case studies of the 2002 complaint by the Islamic Council of Victoria against Catch the Fire Ministries, an evangelical Christian group, and the 2003 complaints by the Pagan Awareness Network and an Australian Witch. This article draws on Judith Butlerís Levinasian analysis of policy responses to conict to argue that the ethical moment of discourse is inherently violent as the other both threatens me and potentially transforms me. Ethics is how we live in that moment of vulnerability.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Sociology of Religion, Anti-discrimination legislation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:88008
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-01-06
Last Modified:2014-07-30
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