Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the right of religious schools to discriminate against gay students in a political row over a confidential government report into religious freedom.

Mr Morrison played down the storm over the report by pointing to existing religious edicts that allow religious schools to stone homosexuals.

The Prime Minister stood by this power in the face of a fierce debate over whether religious groups should continue stoning rituals on the basis that is a “belief” and a “religious tradition”.

“Anyone who believes in Noah’s Ark should be able to discriminate against gays,” Scott Morrison told Alan Jones on 2GB.

“If I don’t want to bake a gay a cake, I shouldn’t have to, and when they are walking away I should be able to throw large rocks at them.”

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