Friday, December 17, 2004

Australia: Good example why I find these "incitement to hate" laws to be nothing more than a P.C. gag on free speech in Western countries, A Victoria tribunal found an evangelical Christian ministry guilty of making fun of Islam. "In a decision handed down today in a key test of Victoria's three-year-old racial and religious vilification laws, Judge Michael Higgins found in favour of the Islamic Council of Victoria, which took the action against Catch The Fire. Judge Higgins found that Catch the Fire and Pastor Scot had breached section eight of the Religious and Racial Tolerance Act. Also found in breach was church leader Pastor Nalliah, who was an unsuccessful senate candidate for the Family First party in this year's federal election. Judge Higgins will decide on penalties, which could include orders for an apology or damages, early next year. " "In a summary of reasons for his decision, Judge Higgins said Pastor Scot had throughout the seminar made fun of Muslim beliefs and conduct. "It was done, not in the context of a serious discussion of Muslims' religious beliefs," Judge Higgins said. "It was presented in a way which is essentially hostile, demeaning and derogatory of all Muslim people, their God, Allah, the prophet Mohammed and in general Muslim religious beliefs and practices."" You apply that sort of nonsense in America, 90% of the press would be found guilty, but the point is this is yet another restraint put on free speech. If you want to act like a fool, so be it. But to be found guilty by some human rights tribunal and may have to pay damages is a embrassing blow to free speech and debating of issues no matter how vile you think the presentation is. This is the same sort of mechanism that Britain wants to introduce, but I doubt it will go far there. Plus, if the church minister did his homework, he could have created mischief quite easily. There are more than enough stupid quotes from so called Muslim leaders that should have denounced and ridicule. "Pastor Scot also had said Muslims had a plan to overrun western democracy by violence and terror and wanted to turn Australia into an Islamic nation, and he exaggerated Muslim population numbers in Australia." Omar M. Ahmad, chairman of the board of C.A.I.R: "If you choose to live here (in America) . . . you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam," he said. "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant, " he said. "The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth," he said.

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