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Danny Nalliah speaking to the press following the June 22 VCAT decision
Photo from Ramon Williams - Worldwide Photos Ltd. - The Religious Media Agency
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Two pastors found guilty of vilifying Muslims have said they would rather be jailed than apologise for the comments they made, according to reports in the Australian press. This is following the ruling of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) deputy president Michael Higgins on June 22, ordering Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministry to publish a statement of apology on the Catch the Fire website, in its newsletter and in two metropolitan newspapers. The complete order can be found online (click here).

Pator Nalliah was quoted in the Herald and Sun newspaper as saying, "Right from the inception, we have said that this law is a foul law, this law is not a law which brings unity. It causes disunity and as far as we are concerned right from the beginning we have stated we will not apologise. We will go to prison for standing for the truth and not sacrifice our freedom and freedom to speak." Catch the Fire Ministries is appealing the VCAT decision to the Victorian Supreme Court.

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