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6/27/07 Australia (MNN) — Mediation has ended a five-year long Australia vilification case between Catch the Fire Ministries and the Victorian Muslim body.

Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton. “They agreed to disagree and stated that in a free society, there should be freedom for debate about religion, there should be freedom for each person to practice their faith in the way that they see fit.”

Portions of the settlement are confidential, but Pastors Daniel Nalliah and Daniel Scot are relieved it’s over. The case was settled in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) after a hearing in the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Theirs was the first case to be heard by the VCAT under Victoria’s 2002 Racial and Religious Tolerance Act. Nettleton says the enforcement of the vilification law still concerns ministries. “It’s not based on how you came up with the information you’re presenting. It has everything to do with ‘Was somebody’s feelings hurt?’ That’s obviously a pretty low standard when you’re talking about enforcing a law.”

Nettleton reminds us of two things in this case: “We can pray for the church in Australia, that they can continue to be bold witnesses for Christ. We would love to see this law struck down, but our call as Christians is to share the Gospel regardless of what laws are or are not on the books.”