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Christian riders to protest anti-bikie laws

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You could call them the heavenly counterparts of Hell’s Angels.

Christian motorcyclists are planning to take to Brisbane’s streets to protest against Queensland’s controversial anti-bikie laws.

More than 100 pious riders — including members of God’s Squad, Tribe of Judah and Saints — are planning to rally in the city on Sunday to draw attention to the hard-line legislation brought in under the former Liberal National Party government.

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Dr John ‘Bullfrog’ Smith, a Christian bikie, has long fought against the laws. Photo: AAP

According to God’s Squad member “Macca”, the laws unfairly penalise people for who they know, not what they do.

“What we have seen in Queensland is the persecution and harassment of the motorcycling community, including members of Christian clubs, in the name of fighting crime,” he said.

But there was a growing trend for governments to punish riders’ associations, rather than personal behaviour, he said.

Macca, who would not give his full name, said he’d been with his club for two decades and simply enjoyed riding with people who shared similar beliefs.

Fellow Christian riders shouldn’t be penalised for how they look, he said.

The rally is scheduled to follow a conference of Christian motorcycle clubs, where they plan to develop a unified response to the anti-bikie laws.

“We would like to draw the new government’s attention and offer our suggestions for how states can fight crime without criminalising innocent people,” he said.

Sunday’s convoy will ride to Emma Miller Place in the CBD at noon.

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