Robert Forsyth

Senior Fellow

Robert Forsyth

The Right Reverend Robert Forsyth was the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, a region of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, from 2000 to 2015. Before this he was the rector of St. Barnabas, Broadway and chaplain to the University of Sydney. Robert gave the 2001 Acton Lecture Dangerous Protections: How some ways of protecting the freedom of religion may actually diminish religious freedom and has been awarded the Alan MacGregor Fellowship at Consilium in 2010.  Robert has been extensively involved in the areas of religious freedom and public policy.


Featured Publication

  • A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience 16 October 2014 | OP135
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under…...
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under…
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Media & Commentary

  • Thought crimes 23 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Two recent overseas events must raise the alarm here in Australia as well. Tim Fallon quit as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, citing the incompatibility of the position with his faith: “To be a political leader — especially of…
    Two recent overseas events must raise the alarm here in Australia as well. Tim Fallon quit as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, citing the incompatibility of the position with his faith: “To be a political leader — especially of…
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  • A most dangerous form of Western Liberalism 05 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The outcry against UK Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron’s delay in stating whether or not he personally believes homosexuality to be a sin — despite he and his party supporting LGBTI rights including marriage — has pointed to an emerging…
    The outcry against UK Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron’s delay in stating whether or not he personally believes homosexuality to be a sin — despite he and his party supporting LGBTI rights including marriage — has pointed to an emerging…
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  • Religious freedom is a tricky thing 03 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Two weeks have passed since the controversy over Hurstville Boy’s Campus of Georges River College agreeing to a protocol allowing Muslim students not to shake hands with women. A proper understanding of religious freedom suggests the school did the right…
    Two weeks have passed since the controversy over Hurstville Boy’s Campus of Georges River College agreeing to a protocol allowing Muslim students not to shake hands with women. A proper understanding of religious freedom suggests the school did the right…
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  • MEDIA RELEASE: Why is religious freedom under threat? 16 October 2014
    Religion has been pushed to the margins of public life, falling an unintentional victim of efforts to eliminate discrimination. Religion and the concomitant requirements of anti-discrimination legislation present Australia with competing and conflicting demands. Instead of allowing greater freedom to…
    Religion has been pushed to the margins of public life, falling an unintentional victim of efforts to eliminate discrimination. Religion and the concomitant requirements of anti-discrimination legislation present Australia with competing and conflicting demands. Instead of allowing greater freedom to…
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Publications

  • Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia 30 May 2014 | OP134
    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary contribution to education, charitable relief, the running of hospitals, and the alleviation of social disadvantage. What has given rise to this new sectarianism and what are its likely consequences for contemporary Australian society?…...
    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary contribution to education, charitable relief, the running of hospitals, and the alleviation of social disadvantage. What has given rise to this new sectarianism and what are its likely consequences for contemporary Australian society?…
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  • Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom. 24 September 2001 | OP78
    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire, especially where government legislation is concerned.              ...
    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire, especially where government legislation is concerned.              
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