Friday, June 24, 2005

Well this is interesting timing.

Australia: On June 23rd, 2005 in Victoria.

"In December, Judge Michael Higgins found the two had made fun of Muslim beliefs and conduct at a March 2002 seminar and in comments on a website and letters. Judge Higgins found that the evangelical Christian group had called Muslims demons, liars and terrorists and said they were training to take over Australia. The case was the first to be heard under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, after the Islamic Council of Victoria filed a complaint about the seminar. Yesterday Judge Higgins said the two pastors had passionate religious beliefs which he thought caused them to break the law. "That does not excuse their conduct but does go some way to explain why they acted as they did," he said. Judge Higgins ordered the pastors print apologies with bold headlines in four editions of the Herald Sun and The Age, and leave the apology on their website for a year. Outside the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal a defiant Pastor Nalliah clutched a Bible and a Koran and vowed he would go to prison rather than publish the apology. "This law is a foul law. It causes disunity and as far as we are concerned, right from the beginning we have stated we will not apologise," he said.

.....Father John Dupuche, chair of the Catholic Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, and Rabbi Jonathan Keren Black, of the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, lent support to the Islamic Council. "This is a clear and fair ruling which emphasised that comments made reasonably and in good faith are perfectly permissible, but that in this case, clearly the purpose was vilification," Rabbi Black said. Catch the Fire Ministries is appealing to the Supreme Court. "

On June 24th, 2005 in Victoria.
"Muslim books of hate sold Liam Houlihan, religious affairs reporter 24jun05 LITERATURE filled with hatred of Christians, Jews and non-Muslims is being sold at a mosque near a Melbourne home raided by ASIO. Books sold at the store attached to the Brunswick mosque tell Muslims they should "hate and take as enemies" non-Muslims, reject Jews and Christians, and learn to hate in order to properly love Allah. The texts say Muslims should learn military tactics and suggest that if a person speaks ill of Islam it is acceptable to kill them. They urge Muslims to strike back against "the barbaric onslaught from their enemies -- the Jews, Christians, atheists, secularists and others".
Somehow I get the feeling the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act won't be coming into play here.

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