Below are articles from The Australian and Christianity Today regarding the end of the 5 year legal battle between CTFM and ICV. and a link to   http://candn.pcvic.org.au/media/pdf/70808AnatomyofaDispute.pdf giving information.
Please take note that the comment ‘Muslims are demons, etc’ in The Australian are not factual. This erroneous statement and others reported by media have been proven by the Supreme Court of Victoria to have never been made by Catch the Fire Ministries and were therefore rejected!
The Australian — Breaking News
This story is from our news.com.au network Source: AAP
Church and Islamic council bury hatchet
• By Jeff Turnbull  • June 25, 2007


MEDIATION and handshakes have ended a five year racial vilification battle between an evangelical Christian group and a Victorian Muslim body.
The Catch The Fire Ministries sparked a row with the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) in 2002 when it claimed in a newsletter that Muslims were demons training to make Australia an Islamic state, that the Koran promoted violence and killing and that Muslims derived money from drugs.
Catch the Fire pastor Daniel Nalliah said he was relieved the long-running case, which was settled in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) after a hearing in the Victorian Court of Appeal, was now over.
“No-one expected it to be so prolonged,” Pastor Nalliah said.
He said the two parties were able to resolve the matter after seven hours of mediation last Friday.
“On the same day, my wife Maryse delivered a baby girl so I had had just two hours sleep before mediation,” Pastor Nalliah said.
“We found ourselves in a very friendly environment talking about the baby.
“The mediation brought two communities to a closer relationship – there was a lot of goodwill and a lot of shaking of hands.”
It was the first case to be heard by VCAT under Victoria’s 2002 Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
In a joint statement, the ICV, Pastor Nalliah and Pastor Daniel Scot, who aired the offending comments at a seminar, said they recognised the rights of all to express their own religious beliefs, while also recognising everyone’s dignity and worth.
The joint statement said the two communities would also recognise the right to “robustly debate religion” within the limits of the law, “including the right to criticise the religious belief of another in a free, open and democratic society”.
Former ICV president Yasser Soliman said he welcomed Pastor Nalliah’s comments and hoped the two communities could move forward together.
“It’s most important for people in this day and age to be talking directly to each other rather than talking about each other,” Mr Soliman said.
“This resolution will open up doors for their church to communicate and develop a relationship with the Muslim community and vice versa.”Legal Dispute Finally Ends For the Catch The Fire Ministries

By: Joseph Keenan   Christian Today Correspondent   Posted: Friday, 22 June 2007, 23:24 (EST)

Heavy-handed … Danny Nalliah (left) and Daniel Scot. Photo: Jason South, The Sydney Morning Herald
Danny Nalliah & Daniel Scott(Photo: Jason South, The Sydney Morning Herald)
The 5-year dispute between the Catch The Fire Ministries and the Islamic Council of Victoria has finally been concluded with a joint statement being released.

In a joint statement Pastor Daniel Scot and Pastor Daniel Nalliah affirm and recognise the five following points:
1) the dignity and worth of every human being, irrespective of their religious faith, or the absence of religious faith;
2) the rights of each other, their communities, and all persons, to adhere to and express their own religious beliefs and to conduct their lives consistently with those beliefs;
3) the rights of each other, their communities and all persons, within the limits provided for by law, to robustly debate religion, including the right to criticise the religious belief of another, in a free, open and democratic society;
4) the value of friendship, respect and co-operation between Christians, Muslims and all people of other faiths; and
5) the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act forms part of the law of Victoria to which the rights referred to in paragraph 3 above are subject.

The long running dispute between the Christian evangelical ministry and the Muslim community started when the ministry was successfully sued under the Victoria’s religious hatred law.
Both pastors were found to incite religious hatred when they started to quote various parts of the Koran to show what many Muslims believe.

Mr. Nalliah says the problem with the religious vilification law is that it is difficult to have a precise definition as to what constitute the term criminal hatred on the Catch the Fire Ministries website. He said: “The problems with these kinds of laws are that there is often no clear definition of what is considered criminal hatred. There is ambiguity as to what public statements will constitute a criminal offence.”


7 Responses to “Newspaper Articles re Court Case Result”

  1. 1 Shelly Bean

    Doesn’t God call us to have an unconditional love for all our fellow peoples, regardless of their beliefs, colour, creed etc? This doesn’t mean we have to like or uphold the behaviour but we need that unconditional love to maintaian the love of Jesus Christ in this world. Well done for coming to those 5 points agreement. If we all abided by those 5 points the world would be a better place.
    SB

  2. 2 Trevor Yates

    Interesting that the ICV should accept these 5 points?

    The 5 points are mostly “Christian” values which are an endemic part of our Australian way of life. “Like it or leave it”, and rightly so said our Government!

    Would the ICV want to ruffle any more feathers at this stage? Probably not.

    Think about it…transpose Point 2 into ANY predominantly Islamic country in the world and you will not find these same Christian values.

    Try Saudi, Pakistan, Indonesia…when was the last time we totally banned Islamic worship, stoned our women to death or hacked off the heads of School Girls because they were Muslim?

    Shalom
    TY

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