MORE than 2000 people have signed a petition seeking new legislation to block Sharia Law from coming into effect in Queensland.
The petition seeks a new law to exclude any group which advocates violence, seeks to promote or impose Sharia Law, or rejects the Australian Constitution from the definition of "religion...and places of worship".
Buderim LNP MP Steve Dickson agreed to sponsor the petition on behalf of constituents which represent the group, Sunshine Coast Safe Communities.
When the Sunshine Coast Daily first broke the story of the petition, it was shared and liked by almost 18,000 people on Facebook and tweeted nearly 500 times.
It was Australian Regional Media's top story for last month.
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- The danger to our way of life is not Islam
- Coast mosque forum cancelled due to safety concerns
Do you think Sharia Law needs to be banned in Australia?
This poll ended on 29 April 2015.
Not at all. There are more important things to worry about.
Yes, if we aren't vigilant it will be in place before we know it.
I don't know enough about it
No, this seems like a way for people to target a minority
No, the Constitution already bans making laws on religious grounds
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
WHAT THE PETITION SAYS
Queensland Residents draws to the attention of the House that Queensland legislation provides various special exemptions, benefits or protections to places of religious worship. The special exemptions, benefits and protections provided, should not be extended to groups that advocate violence or seek to promote and impose any form, or part of Sharia Law, and who reject Australian Law and the Constitution.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to make legislative changes to the definition of "place of worship" and "religion" to EXCLUDE any group or members of a group which advocate violence or seek to promote and impose any form, or part of Sharia Law, and who reject Australian Law and the Constitution.
He has promoted the petition on both his Facebook page and his personal website as causing "much discussion".
The move has sparked a mixed reaction of support and condemnation.
Raewyn Hutchins wrote: Thank you Steve Dickson. Your constituents are pleased you have sponsored this petition to remove benefits, exemptions and special concessions from ANY group that imposes and practices any part or form of Sharia Law in our communities. Sharia Law does not recognise Australian Law and our Constitution. Australians want freedom and democracy - not Sharia Law.
Alex McKean was not supportive:
"What was your margin reduced to in January Steve?,'' he wrote.
"Do you reckon you will attract more people than you alienate by buying into this particular brand of stupid? One thing is certain, you (and your constituents) will not be allowed to forget you did it."
Gemma Parks and others, however, applauded Mr Dickson.
"Now we need a similar petition lodged in ALL states,'' she wrote.
Annabelle Watson wrote: Steve, at last we have a politician who will stand up and be counted for their constituents. Bravo."
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