Pastor preaching the party line

By Greg Ansley

Australia's newest political leader hopes to spread his church's message while taking on Islam.

Daniel Nalliah. Photo / Supplied
Daniel Nalliah. Photo / Supplied

Next week Daniel Nalliah will be taking his crusade against Muslim immigration and multiculturalism to the Australian Islamic Peace Conference at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

In the meantime he will be plugging democracy and the nation's "Judeo-Christian heritage", protecting the nuclear family, urging the pruning of big government and pushing for tax to be cut to the barest possible minimums.

Nalliah, a Sri Lankan-born fire and brimstone preacher who claims to have resurrected three people and to have been instructed to head down under by Jesus, is the leader of the nation's newest political party.

Rise Up Australia was born from Nalliah's Catch the Fire Ministries, a fundamentalist evangelical church that has captured headlines through dire warnings of a country under assault from the forces of evil.

His new party is designed to give political force to the Ministries' beliefs, and plans to contest 52 seats in the Lower House and 12 in the Senate at the September 14 federal election.

Nalliah was a pastor in Sri Lanka before moving to Saudi Arabia for two years in an attempt to shoehorn past the strict ban on Christian preaching, finally moving to Australia in 1997.

He claimed Victoria's disastrous Black Saturday fires was a retribution for the passage of new abortion laws, and lambasted Prime Minister Julia Gillard for "living in sin" and consorting with former Green leader Bob Brown, "an openly practising homosexual".

In Canberra, Nalliah organised a "prayer offensive" to protect Parliament from Satanic forces following the discovery of what he claimed was a black mass altar on Mt Ainslie.

He said proof of the demonic attack could be seen in bills supporting gay marriage and the number of MPs facing serious marriage problems.

Nalliah had a tilt at politics in 2004, as a Family First Senate candidate, but was dumped after a series of pronouncements, including prayers that God would destroy brothels, casinos, mosques, liquor outlets and other "Satanic strongholds".

Last month he launched Rise Up Australia at the National Press Club in Canberra, including as a speaker Lord Christopher Monckton, the British climate change sceptic who advocates the quarantining for life of all Aids carriers.

During the launch Nalliah called for the end of a multicultural Australia, a reduction in the intake of Muslim immigrants, and the defence of Judeo-Christian culture.

Nalliah has campaigned against the construction of mosques and challenges racial vilification laws.

He says next week's Islamic conference is not about peace but instead planned to "Islamise" Australia.

- NZ Herald

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