Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace Presents Symbol of Religious Freedom

Two days ago, Pastor Norman Miller, whose Aboriginal name is Munganbana, presented a giant boomerang supporting religious freedom and freedom of speech to Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells at Parliament House at 3:15 p.m.

Australia needs a Religious Discrimination Act to provide greater protection to people of faith, including the right of schools and other religious institutions to employ staff and work and teach according to the values of their faith. Ministers of religion of various faiths should not be intimidated about what they preach in their places of worship.

Pastor Miller made a giant boomerang promoting religious freedom. It has FREEDOM in the centre and RELIGION and SPEECH on the sides. He also painted a large yellow hand with FREEDOM printed in the centre, and the various freedoms printed on each finger and the thumb. He also has a football on which he painted “Freedom of Speech”.

Pastor Miller and his wife Barbara, co-founders of the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, state:

“Polling has shown that the general population supports freedom of thought, conscience and belief in speech and practice.

We do not want religion driven from the public square. Parliament should continue to be opened in prayer each day, and schools and shopping centres should not be worried that they will offend other religions or people of no religion by traditional expressions of faith in Australia.

However, we are not just looking at religious freedom, but freedom of belief, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and parental rights.

We applaud church leaders for speaking out and we need more to do so. We urge people who aren’t part of faith groups to stand up for your values and your right to freedom of speech and conscience.

This is why a Religious Discrimination Act is required. This is all the more necessary when states and the Commonwealth have different laws regarding religious freedom.

People seem to forget that freedom of religion is internationally recognised as a human right. With the increase in secularism, this right needs to be protected. A framework needs to be worked out to deal with competing rights.”

By |2020-02-29T19:25:05+11:00February 27th, 2020|Australia, Authors, Faith, Freedom, Indigenous|0 Comments

About the Author:

Pastor Norman Miller is an Aboriginal artist with his own gallery. He is of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji peoples of north Queensland. His book “Reef and Rainforest” won third prize in the IPPY awards in Chicago in 2016 for multi-cultural non-fiction. Norman campaigned for recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution and the removal of racism from it and handed the “Miller Boomerang Petition” to federal parliament in 2013 and 2016 with over 5,000 signatures.

Pastor Barbara Miller is the author of 5 books, most of them on Australian history and biography including one of Aboriginal Christian William Cooper, the father of NAIDOC, and one on de Quiros who declared “the South Land of the Holy Spirit” over what he thought was Australia. Barbara was a finalist for the Qld Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance in the Queensland Literary Awards 2018 for her memoir White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon, a Memoir.

Norman and Barbara planted a church in Cairns in 1996 and named it Tabernacle of David in 2000. They founded the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, a para-church ministry in 1997 as they have a strong focus on reconciliation, justice, prayer and worship and work for transformation in Indigenous communities. They have hosted four conferences in Parliament House Canberra having a calling to pray strategically for government. They led a number of prayer events for Australia Day including a key one in Canberra in 2019. After this the Lord led them to set up a spiritual shadow government with prayer leaders covering portfolios.

With close ties to Pacific leaders, they hosted “The Islands will look to Me” conference in Cairns in 2014, have spoken at Pacific nations’ (APPA) events and led the Australian team at the Welcome the King of Glory conference in Israel in 2017. They have hosted Tabernacle of David conferences in the Gold Coast in 2005 and Cairns in 2005 and 2015. Bringing reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, they hosted Sons of Abraham Conferences in Sydney in 2015 and Jerusalem 2017, taking a tour group to Beersheva for the 100th anniversary of the victory of the Australian Light Horse and Allied Forces.

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