Whereas Christianity is decreasing, Islam is on the rise in Australia. The Islamic leaders in the country believe their community in Australia has risen to more than double the official figure of 330,000, according to the Religious Freedom In The World -2014 Report.
Citing a separate report from Berkley Centre at Georgetown University, the report noted a significant decrease in religious adherence of Australians, to Christianity in particular. In 1901, 97 percent of the Australians upheld Christianity. When 2006 came, the percentage decreased to only 64 percent of the population upholding Christian beliefs and teachings, 6 percent declared other religion affiliations and 18 percent refused to associate themselves with any religious affiliation. By 2011, only 40 percent remained Christians.
The report notes of incidents in the past showing how religious freedom in Australia had deteriorated. It said the amendment in June 2013 of the Sex Discrimination Act prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity showed intolerance for religious freedom. The amendment was cited as an example under the section titled Discrimination against Christians.
Under the same section, the report also noted an October 2013 pro-life march in Melbourne that ended in violence. The report alleged that pro-abortionists violently assaulted the pro-life people. Citing a news article from Lifesitenews.com, the report said one pro-life advocate was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked, while another was belted in the head and pelted with eggs. The police were reportedly unresponsive to the commotion. Later that same day, Sky News downplayed the incident saying no one has been charged with assault and no police interventions were needed.
The report also highlights the increase in anti-semitic incidents in the country. In data obtained by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, there was 21 percent increase in anti-semitic incidents between 2012 to 2013. The Kantor Centre for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry said 657 incidents of racist violence against Jewish Australians and Jewish community buildings between Oct 1, 2012 and Sept 30, 2013.
On a global level, Religious Freedom In The World – 2014 Report said religious freedom had deteriorated in 55 out of the 196 countries analysed for the report. The report claims that across the world, Christians remain the most persecuted religious minority. In comparison, the report said Muslim countries predominate among states with the most serious violations of religious freedom.