Religion

The Future of Religious Freedom in a Secular World

Prologue: 2035: The year is 2035, hopefully my last as archbishop. I’ve just emailed my draft homily for Sunday to the Religious Safety Commissioner for her approval. She’s the independent regulator charged with ensuring that faith groups spread no discriminatory or otherwise harmful messages. With the help of AI, she vets all planned sermons and spiritual talks to be given in Australia each week, catching any inappropriate words or themes before they are spoken. Our school system also meets each month with Departmental officials to monitor what’s taught in our schools and ensure this accords with contemporary expectations. The Department…

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