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…finished in Australia, it seems.

“AN evangelical Christian group incited hatred and severe ridicule of Muslims when it called them demons, liars and terrorists, a tribunal ruled yesterday. In the landmark ruling, Catch the Fire Ministries pastors Daniel Nalliah and Daniel Scot were found guilty of religious vilification, making them the first under Victoria’s new race and religion hate laws.”

Now what that group had to say sounds pretty crass to me, but the key point about the right of free speech is that – if it is to mean anything – it must extend to those whose views are not in the mainstream. In Australia, it appears, it no longer does.

Multiculturalism or free speech? You choose. You can’t have both.


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