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Jan 9, 2013

On the fringes with Monckton and the anti-Islam creationist pastor

A new political force is led by an anti-abortion pastor who hates Islam, and will be launched next month by climate sceptic Christopher Monckton. Graham Readfearn of Desmogblog reports.

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Pastor Daniel Nalliah, president of the fringe political party Rise Up Australia, has what you might politely describe as some fairly interesting views on matters of science, the climate, abortion and religious tolerance.

In the pulpit-driven eyes of Melbourne’s Pastor Nalliah, humans didn’t appear on Earth until 6000 years ago, when his god put us there. That same god was also behind Australia’s most devastating bushfires, but only because laws are in place to allow abortion. Pastor Danny, as he is known, doesn’t like Islam much either. He’d also like to see school principals given the power to hit pupils with bits of wood (but only with parental consent).

Nalliah has announced who will give the keynote speech at the official launch of his Rise Up Australia political party. Step forward Christopher Monckton — climate science mangler extraordinaire, Tea Party favourite, birther and head of the Scotland branch of the UK’s new “third force” in politics, the UK Independence Party. Monckton’s three-month-long speaking tour of Australia starts at the end of this month.

Rise Up Australia has booked a room at the National Press Club in Canberra for the “launch”; papers filed at the Australian Electoral Commission show the party was registered almost a year ago, in February 2012. Nalliah also “launched” the party way back in May 2011 via YouTube. And with a certain nationalistic fervour, he launched the party again a few weeks later on the steps of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Rights Tribunal.

Why Lord Monckton? He and Nalliah are old friends. In January 2012, Nalliah and his Christian evangelical Catch the Fire Ministry hosted Monckton for a lecture as part of his nationwide speaking tour that year — one which was prefaced by a scandal surrounding Monckton’s use of Nazi swastikas.

But before introducing Lord Monckton, Pastor Danny took the time to warn the congregation against multiculturalism. “If you embrace multiculturalism then you are compelled to embrace Islamic sharia law,” he said. “That’s how they got into Britain and Europe and that’s what they want in Australia.”

While Nalliah’s party manifesto claims to advocate freedom of religion, this obviously doesn’t extend to Islam. Nalliah is currently fighting plans to build a mosque on the same street in Melbourne where his Catch the Fire Ministry is building a new HQ. He told one reporter:

“We don’t approve of Islam as a religion but we love Muslim people. Islam teaches that those who follow other religions are infidels. It is a religion that doesn’t value freedom of religion. Having those same teachings right under our noses is counter-productive to our church.”

Back in 2004, when Nalliah was campaigning for a seat in Australia’s Senate for the Family First Party, he reportedly published a “call to prayer” leaflet which encouraged followers to pull down “Satan’s strongholds”, which the leaflet said included mosques and other religious temples.

The RUA party’s manifesto also says Australian laws should be governed by Judeo-Christian values, that “socialism should be avoided” and the “free enterprise system is best”. Nalliah also wants to bring back the “disciplinary” beating of children in schools with wooden sticks.

But his views on the cause of deadly bushfires are among his most offensive. During the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, when 173 people died and hundreds were injured, Nalliah claimed the devastation was all down to God, who had removed his “conditional protection” of Victoria because of the state’s abortion laws. Recounting a dream some months before, Nalliah wrote:

“In my dream I saw fire everywhere with flames burning very high and uncontrollably. With this I woke up from my dream with the interpretation as the following words came to me in a flash from the Spirit of God. That His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb.”

Nalliah also runs a “Pregnancy Counselling Ministry“, which apparently “began after God placed in Pastor Daniel Nalliah’s heart the desire to do something about the millions of babies being aborted around the world each year”.

Monckton recently voiced his own virulent anti-abortion stance. In an interview posted on YouTube in November last year, the Viscount suggested UK Prime Minister David Cameron repeal the country’s “unspeakable” abortion laws which, he claimed, allowed for the “torture and murder of little children in the womb”. He described hospital staff who performed abortions as “butchers”.

When it comes to matters of science and evolution, Nalliah is firmly of the creationist bent. In an ABC Radio interview in July 2011, he said:

“The human race has lived on earth for 6000 years. If you believe in evolution, then you will disapprove of what I’m saying. We know the world existed possibly for millions of years but the fact is that humankind was created 6000 years ago and that is what the the Bible in Genesis Chapter 1 says.”

And what of climate change, the rising trend in global temperatures and emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and other human activities? Nalliah went on to explain: “The fact is God is in charge of climate for 6000 years … we cannot change the climate.”

Monckton’s previous tours have been supported by Gina Rinehart and a mining industry association, with organisation from another fringe political group in the Climate Sceptics Party. This time, the Democratic Labor Party is reportedly helping organise the trip, alongside Monckton’s very own foundation run by Chris Dawson, a Climate Sceptics Party Senate candidate.

*This article was originally published at Desmogblog

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  1. Hamis Hill

    Even if a knowledge of Britain actually still exists in amnesiac Australia what would actually be wrong with being more British than we’d actually like to believe?
    If you want multi-cultural, how about the King of Norway inviting a boatload of Scottish (not English) children across the North Sea for the summer holidays every year, in remembrance of the Maid of Norway, a member of the Norwegian Royal family and heir to the throne of Scotland who died before taking that throne.
    The Chinese have have an old saying, “if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going”.
    So embrace your total multi-cultural heritage and do not be deceived into believing that the eminently multicultural British part is disposable and without value.
    There is a certain resentful minority religious migrant community that has long harboured a desire to extinguish this nation’s British heritage in order the nation be, somehow, more “authentically” Australian.
    Most of the anti-British bigotry in Australia comes from this group, theives in effect, out to deprive, divide and destroy.The Romans called it Divide et Vincit. I do wish they’d all just go home because these inveterate cultural xenophobes and malcontents are clearly not happy to live in an Australia that has any British heritage, religious or otherwise, with all the poverty and ignorance which would inevitably result should they succeed in their ambition. As they patially have already?

  2. Venise Alstergren

    HAMIS H: There are times when I wish the Japanese in WWII, had made a greater effort to invade our tin pot nation. Instead, they perceived we had nothing of value to them.

    Had we been really under attack, we would have been forced to fight as one nation-with a more than equal chance of beating them-I’m aware that our soldiers did extraordinary feats of courage in the jungles of what was then called New Guinea. However, had the Japanese rolled into Australia, they would have found a people with the ability to engage in guerilla warfare, over vast distances alien to the invaders.

    Out of this may have emerged a nation proud to have stood on our hind feet. That missing pride is what has surfaced with the clueless politicians and the mentally underfed average Aussie. Because we didn’t attempt to stand up and be counted against the invaders, we have been left in a position of having to do what first the English, then the Americans, tell us to do. Namely to allow them to use our troops, for their sordid wars. All on the basis that the Yanks saved us from the Japanese at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    Thanks to the havering folly of the John Winston Howards of this country, not to mention the RSL, the admiration of the Aussie soldier, slaughtered in a losing war of England’s doing, or an equally idiotic and losing war of America’s doing….Korea–if Korea was such a wonderful victory, how come North and South are still divided? Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan.

    In short we are easily reduced to tears when celebrating our military failures. Failures apparently being more acceptable when instigated by foreign powers. Do our soldiers seem more heroic for having fought on the losing side? I doubt it.

  3. Hamis Hill

    Venise, as my retired RN/RAN brother pointed out to me, Australians actually fought and died and emerged victorious in the Battle of the Coral Sea, in their very own navy.
    But to paraphrase that philosopher, the unexamined national life is not worth living.
    So thanks for your efforts to raise awareness.
    I understand that the Japanese rated the New Zealanders more capable of resisting an invasion, but that might be more related to the topography than any cultural differences between the nations of Australasia.
    The malevolence directed to Australia and NZ by France and West Germany by demanding our exclusion from the European Market as the price of entry by the UK was a single-minded (and religiously motivated?) act of bastardry which seems to have passed from history without much comment despite the massive damage done to the economies of both nations.
    It would be interesting to discover how the Japanese rated the quisling element in Australasia in their plans for a Greater South-East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere.
    In the great and swirling depths of my paranoia I believe that the local Quislings are still deeply entrenched in Australian Politics and promoting and preying upon a general ignorance based on the tyranny of distance.
    The circumstances, including the machinations of a controlled press, certainly do provide a temptation for nefarious political behaviour.
    The isolation and opportunity for such political manipulation now being destroyed by the internet,just like the sun risng on a century of darkness. Blah Blah. Blah.

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