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Intolerance of Terror, or the Terror of Intolerance? Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 March 2007

Intolerance of Terror, or the Terror of Intolerance? Religious tolerance and the response to terrorism 

Agnes Chong 

UTS Law Review

Vol 8 - Racism, Religious Intolerance and the Law



Australia’s anti-terror laws represent an unprecedented shift in the civil liberties of all Australians, but they have had a disproportionate effect on religious tolerance and freedom, particularly of Muslims.  These effects eventuate from a conceptual flaw in the way that the legislation formulates the relationship between terrorism and religion, particularly in confusing fundamentalism and terrorism, as well as an assumption that the response to terrorism is primarily a legal one, and not social or political in nature. As a result, there are increased limitations on the freedom of association, freedom of speech, and other civil liberties of Muslims in the community, who may already experience greater susceptibility to racial or religious profiling. A more productive approach to combating terrorism would place the legal response in a more inclusive social and political one, and one that is compatible with the principles of religious tolerance.

Anti-Terror Laws and the Muslim Community: Where Does Terror End and Security Begin? Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 May 2006


Anti-Terror Laws and the Muslim Community: Where Does Terror End and Security Begin?

Agnes Chong

borderlands e-journal, volume 5 number 1, 2006


"Agnes Chong chronicles the manner in which Muslim communities in Australia are being targeted in racialised/religionised regimes of security. As an advocate working for Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network, Chong points out the chasm between governmental rhetoric, which insists that the anti-terrorism legislation does not target Islamic groups, and the embodied ways in which Muslim communities are targeted. Chong describes how Muslim communities are terrorised as a result of the anti-terror campaigns in Australia. Chong's chronicling of the effects of the anti-terror laws on Muslim communities, therefore, necessitate an accounting of the manner in which words like terror and insecurity apply unevenly and differentially in racial and religious terms."


- Extracted from Introduction by thematic journal editor Dr Goldie Osuri Regimes of Terror: Contesting the War on Terror

Freedom for Security: Necessary Evil or Faustian Pact? Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 July 2005


Agnes Chong and Waleed Kadous 

UNSW Law Journal 

Forum Volume 11 No 2 - Freedom of Speech: Contemporary Issues 2005


Agnes Chong and Waleed Kadous provide an overview of the laws that had been introduced since September 11 and their likely impact on free speech.


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