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