This morning I woke up early and started praising and thanking the Lord as I remembered that today 22nd June 2012 marks five years since we won the court case for Freedom of Speech & Religion in Australia.
This was certainly a land mark victory, after a five year battle first in the Lower Court (VCAT) and then the Supreme Court, where the Lord gave us the victory.
I still remember the long five years in the court room with forty days of hearings and a cost of $600,000, plus several death threats, fire bombing threats to my house and office, and also the threats to abduct my children from school. It was indeed a very challenging time, but praise God with the prayers, support of my fellow Aussies and God’s amazing grace, we came out victorious.
The court case which was brought against us by the Islamic Council of Victoria on charges of vilification was a completely ridiculous case, which proved that the Religious & Racial Vilification Laws of Victoria were a bad piece of legislation.
As a result of our court case, this bad law was thrown out of all the other states, and was amended in Vic.
A few months after we won the court case in 2007, I had the opportunity of meeting with the then Prime Minister John Howard, who I greatly admire as a real statesman.
In his office in Parliament he said, “Pastor, your victory for freedom of speech will now help us all and also the future generations to come. You have also set a precedence in the judiciary system. May I take this opportunity to officially thank you on behalf of the people of Australia as Prime Minister.”
Then he shook hands with me and I had the opportunity of praying with him.
Today, we thank God for this court case, as it has given us an amazing platform to launch Rise Up Australia Party to ‘Keep Australia Australian’ and the first official announcement was made exactly one year ago of RUA Party at the steps of VCAT in the city of Melbourne.
We also thank God today as our darling little girl turns 5 years today.
Brianna Hope was born on 22nd June 2007, the same day when the court case officially ended. Since our son is 23 and our other daughter is 20, Brianna was born after 15 years. It is a real miracle how she was born on the same day that the court case ended. We thank God for His great gift to us. Indeed, she is a real blessing.
My whole family will be on the tour of Israel and Sri Lanka. We leave tomorrow and are looking forward for a great time. Thank you so very much for standing with us in this battle to see our nation Australia come back to Jesus. We will see Australia come back to Jesus.
Your bro in Christ,
Pr Daniel Nalliah