Oz: Could criticising Sharia law soon be illegal? Fears new religious discrimination law could protect hardline Muslims

Hardline Muslims preaching Sharia law could be protected from criticism under new religious freedom laws, secular groups fear.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week flagged a new Religious Discrimination Act, following a review into faith freedom by former attorney-general Philip Ruddock.

This proposed law would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their religion and would create a new Religious Freedom Commissioner.

A senator is worried it ‘will be used as a Sharia shield protecting mad Mullahs and Islamic hate preachers’.