David Millikan: Ignores Fundamental Rights of Religious Freedom in Australia

by Victoria Lister, Brisbane, Australia

If anyone had suggested to me that one day I would attend a meeting where members of the media ambushed an otherwise peaceful gathering to tell me I was in a cult – (that cult being Universal Medicine) -, I would have been incredulous. To have it actually happen was bizarre and discomfiting beyond belief, particularly in an environment where minors were present. To have it happen in a country where the right to a multiplicity of views is upheld, was saddening. To later leave the venue wondering if I was being secretly observed or recorded, was sickening.

To David Millikan, Uniting Church Minister and so called ‘cult expert’ – and ringleader of the events of the evening of Friday 12th October 2012 at a Universal Medicine presentation at Lennox Head Community Centre – I say; acquaint yourself with the Five fundamental freedoms all Australians are entitled to, most notably the rights to freedom of religion and association.

Millikan clearly has his own agenda, manifesting as a drive to conduct a personal crusade against anyone who offends his sense of what constitutes ‘right’ belief. Best he examines also the annals of history regarding religious persecution.

See also: Freedom of Speech? Absolutely – But First Do No Harm!

69 thoughts on “David Millikan: Ignores Fundamental Rights of Religious Freedom in Australia

  1. A minister of religion who planted hidden cameras in the audience in order to sell a sensationalised story to the tabloids – the deceit is literally palpable. Would a man truly representing and living the qualities of God in that moment really be able do that to anyone?

  2. It is interesting that ‘the right to freedom of religion’ is something written on paper, but not actually something that is upheld, at least not for all religions equally so. I am sure if David Millikan had behaved such in a congregation of the Catholic Church this would have caused an uproar and dire consequences for him.

  3. When any of us enter the realms of ‘what constitutes ‘right’ belief’ in whatever arena we decide to apply it in then we have gone astray. Right excludes, it imposes on another. Truth on the other hand just is, there is no convincing when it’s lived, it’s there just presented and the other has a choice to do with it as they will. The truth is not diminished if that other rejects it, whereas right insists that the other must agree – there is a big difference, and only truth expands and supports all of us.

  4. Thank you for sharing this Victoria – I could not believe that something like that was happening in our century. Freedom of speech a bit misinterpreted I would say.

  5. David Milikan and others who use aggressive and bullying tactics to denounce and denigrate a gathering of people who are there to share a true way of living are exposed as knowing that their chosen beliefs are being challenged by truth.

  6. It was very low and pretty shocking what took place that day, I was there and you really do sum it all up in this short and concise blog. I remember I popped in to catch the end of the presentation after work, I had a bunch of flowers with me to take home but I didn’t want them to get hot in the car and so I brought them in. When I realised what was going on, I freaked out and started questing how the media was going to use footage of me? I was paranoid and rightly so, I was worried that it looked like I was bringing Serge flowers, crazy I know but the approach was so aggressive that I was afraid I might even loose my job, thanks for speaking up on behalf of all of us that witnessed that shocking behavior.

  7. The real question is this: is it just ignorance or is it something else at play? It is about something else. And that is that someone capriciously decides that the freedoms apply selectively according to whether you deserve it or not (of course that someone is who decides on that too). This is about abusing the law and abusing people.

  8. How the media has changed. I remember in my early days there was still a respect for people and a sense of wanting to get to the truth of the story. There were conversations had about what was in the media, in papers and people weren’t being shocked etc, they were genuinely interested in what was going on. I remember delivering papers when I was younger and this in itself was cause for conversation about ‘the world’. There was an air of respect in every way around this. Now where has this gone? I hear most people say these days, “You can’t trust the media” or “You can’t believe what you read in the papers” and yet we are still buying and reading the headlines. I feel we all have more responsibility in how we share things about people, whether this be the media print, in a personal email, a phone call or a face to face conversation. Having this care and detail around people will bring to light more when we don’t see it and when it’s not there. The media needs to be pulled back and we can do this from how we are.

  9. I would have to ask the question was David Millikan disturbed by the truth that he felt in Serge’s words and as a consequence called it a ‘cult’ because it was easier than acknowledging the truth?

  10. It does take some believing when an innocent gathering is ambushed and treated with the disrespect that no-one has the right to accept. On what grounds can we allow this to happen? It goes on and in some cases rightly so as there are no doubt cults being carried out in parts of the world but before an attack is ever made evidence and true evidence at that has to be carried out and no power is given away in trusting another because on paper what they do for a living or is an expert in a particular field because they too are capable of having an agenda up their sleeve!

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