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Regional Anglican priest says there’s no need for religious discrimination bill

A Anglican priest continues to criticise the Coalition’s , which he fears will to leave minorities and some of his parishioners in a vulnerable position.Key points:An Anglican priest says the Coalition’s religious is a case of “shooting us with the smaller gun”Father Peter MacLeod-Miller says what’s really need is a “bill of rights for all people”A gay parishioner says she’s worried the bill will still fail to protect minoritiesIntroduced in parliament today, the bill has been labelled as a “watered down” version of the original legislation.”I think there’s still some pretty nasty stuff in that ,” Albury-based Father Peter MacLeod-Miller said.”I’m very disappointed the Prime Minister is still putting this forward.”It was basically a conversation package, a promise made to conservative religion institutions of the Coalition passing marriage equality legislation.”There should be warning lights all over it.” The gardens at St Matthew’s Church in Albury.(Supplied: St Matthew’s Church)’Smaller gun’It is the third draft of the bill.It seeks to protect Australians who make statements of belief that do not threaten, intimidate, harass or vilify a person or group from existing state-based discrimination .It will no longer feature the “Folau clause”, or the ability for health providers to conscientiously object to and refuse to conduct particular procedures.”Thanks for shooting us with a smaller gun,” Father MacLeod-Miller said.”What we really need is a bill of rights for all people — that would be great.”An umbrella for everyone is great.”If some people use that umbrella to hit people with, that is not great.””People of faith do not need this legislation to protect us.”Father MacLeod-Miller also has raised concerns about the potential impact of the bill in schools, which will be allowed to give preference in good faith to people who comply with particular religious beliefs and activities.”The fact they can discriminate against teachers is also terrible modelling for kids,” he said. Amanda Lovekin’s faith remains solid.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Erin Somerville)’Really tiring’St Matthew’s Church Albury parishioner Amanda Lovekin has found solace at the progressive church as a gay woman.Despite already having felt the sting of discrimination within her own Anglican community in 2019, her faith remains remains strong.”When the then-Archbishop of Sydney [Glenn Davies] said that if Anglicans wanted to practise a homosexual lifestyle then they should leave the church, that was probably by far the most pointed act of discrimination I felt,” she said.”As someone who was attending an Anglican church and part of the wider Anglican community, that hurt a great deal.”She has also rejected claims by the Coalition that the changes strike a balance between religious discrimination and human rights.”It is heartbreaking that we are still discussing these issues,” Ms Lovekin said.”It seems like it’s been five years from the plebiscite … that we are continually discussing whether the LGBTQI plus community needs to be protected from discrimination.”It’s really tiring and it’s kind of heartbreaking, but my faith hasn’t been deflated at all.”Find more local newsTell us your location and find more local ABC News and information