The Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club will help fund a High Court bid by outlaw bikie gangs to defeat Queensland’s anti-gang laws.
Queensland’s anti-bikie laws go against the Bible and Christian beliefs about justice, the Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club says.
Queensland’s outlaw motorcycle gangs have found an unlikely ally in the Brotherhood, which will help bankroll their High Court challenge against the laws.
“We’d hope to raise at least $2000, maybe more,” spokesman Greg Pendlebury told AAP on Wednesday.
The club has written to the Queensland parliament asking for the laws to be repealed.
It’s also contacting churches, asking them to compare the laws with the Bible’s teachings and consider contributing funds.
The club has spoken out against anti-association laws in NSW and other states in the past, but considers the Queensland laws to be the most menacing.
The laws go against Christian principles by changing the nature of crime from “what you do” to “who you talk to”, the club says.
Other criticisms include that the laws remove the intent of the justice system to correct behaviour, and the prospect of innocent people being punished because of their associations.
“Punishing the innocent is contrary to the Bible’s mandate for government,” Mr Pendlebury said.
“The new laws mean that an activity as innocent as a family picnic may be an offence.”
Fourteen of the state’s bikie gangs, which were declared illegal organisations in October, as well as recreational riders, launched the High Court challenge last week.
They’ll argue that more than a dozen sections of the new laws are unconstitutional.
The reforms were introduced after a violent brawl at a Gold Coast restaurant in September 2013, which involved dozens of bikies wearing club colours.
The legislation imposes mandatory jail terms of between 15 and 25 years for anyone found guilty of gang-related crimes, with the punishment to be imposed on top of the usual sentence.
And it is illegal for three or more gang members to knowingly meet in public.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the laws are firm but fair.
“Everyone has the right to fund a legal challenge but that money could go towards helping victims of crime, disadvantaged Queenslanders and not organised criminal gangs,” Mr Bleijie told AAP.