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

Authors

  • Douglas Ezzy University of Tasmania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/arsr.v26i2.198

Keywords:

religious anti-discrimination legislation, new religious movements, religious conflict, Paganism

Abstract

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 Butler’s Levinasian analysis of policy responses to conflict 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.

Author Biography

Douglas Ezzy, University of Tasmania

Douglas Ezzy is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. His research is driven by a fascination with how people make meaningful and dignified lives. His books include Qualitative Analysis (2002) and Teenage Witches (2007, with Helen Berger).

Published

2013-12-16

How to Cite

Ezzy, D. (2013). Minimising Religious Conflict and the Racial Religious Tolerance Act in Victoria, Australia. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(2), 198–215. https://doi.org/10.1558/arsr.v26i2.198

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