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Australia Leader Channels Mike Pence With Religious Freedom Law

  • Gay-rights activists concerned over Pentecostal PM’s stance
  • Human rights activists say legal shield could be used as sword
Morrison and his wife Jenny attend the Horizon Church in Sydney on April 21.
Morrison and his wife Jenny attend the Horizon Church in Sydney on April 21.Photographer: Mick Tsickas/AAP Image

Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister delivered a message that was greeted with applause by Christian believers gathered inside a Sydney arena on a frosty winter’s night -- but one that’s creating concern in the gay community.

“There’s a lot of talk about our freedoms as Christians in this country, and they should be protected,” conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 51, told the crowd of 21,000 worshipers after taking center-stage of the Hillsong Church Conference last week. What Australia needs, he said, “is the love of God.”