Religious freedom is quite the thing at the moment. Of course, it’s not a catch-cry of identity politics, which as we know is a rhetorical error committed only by Marxist relativists (you know -- women, gays, dark people). No, religious freedom is a precious jewel with super-resistance to irony.

On marriage equality, religious freedom has taken centre stage as a show-stopper so obvious that it needs no explanation. As Tony Abbott said, “If you’re worried about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no.” That little statement needs quite some unpacking.