Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Knobhead of the Week (Australia): Danny Nalliah

As mentioned previously, the state of Victoria has been afflicted with some of the worst ever bushfires over the last week or so. According to so-called “experts”, these devastating fires are caused by a combination of record hot and dry weather, arsonists, broken power lines and possibly lightning strikes. Well they’re wrong apparently. See, Pastor Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries in Melbourne, is a guy who REALLY knows the score.
According to Pastor Nalliah, the bushfires are a result of the State Government passing a bill which made it easier for women to obtain an abortion. (Previously, they could still get one easily enough, now its not technically illegal anymore.) He said that “these bushfires have come as a result of the incendiary abortion laws which decimate life in the womb.” The bill was passed several months ago. According to Nalliah’s website:

“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.”

So now you see. For the last few months, God has apparently been nurturing a grudge against the whole state. Meanwhile, most of Queensland has been affected by massive flooding. I wonder what they did to offend God. He’s a vindictive higher being that Nalliah believes in. I’m not sure if it’s the same higher being I believe in though.

I once had a dream that I was playing trumpet at a mega-concert at the Waverley Park football ground, alongside the band Fishbone, while former NBA star point guard Muggsy Bogues was also playing trumpet with me. I’ve never played trumpet, by the way. However, like most sane people, I’m quite aware that things that happen in dreams don’t necessarily come true. Mind you, I’m no prophet, unlike Nalliah claims to be. But he strikes me as the kind of guy whose dreams frequently include hellfire, so to claim that dream as some kind of prophecy is perhaps a bit rich.

Unsuprisingly, Nalliah’s statements describing the fires as God’s punishment have not gone over too well with Victorians who are still reeling from the impacts of this disaster. It’s not the first time the Sri Lankan-born Nalliah has annoyed people by opening his big mouth. He first came to public attention after delivering a speech that allegedly vilified Muslims. He then ran unsuccessfully for a Senate Seat with the Family First Party. In that campaign he released a leaflet which included the following passage:

"Spot Satan's strongholds in the areas you are living (brothels, gambling places, bottle shops, mosque, temples -- Freemasons/Buddhist/Hindu etc, witchcraft…
"If you are ready to pray against it, do so. If not, bring it to your church and ask your intercessors, through the pastor, to pull these strongholds down."

Nalliah has received criticism as well for his willingness to give an address to the far-right anti-Semitic group The League of Rights. He also had this to say about multiculturalism:

"Like a pressure cooker or bottle of soda water waiting to explode, the simmering racial war will reach its inevitable climax later, if not sooner... The multicultural melting pot has turned into a pressure cooker and it’s now a case of assimilate or implode Australia."

Nalliah apparently sees no irony in any of this, given that he only arrived as a Tamil immigrant to Australia in 1997.

Nalliah’s church does do a lot of work for charity and I’m sure that he is a well-meaning and decent man. But he’s still a knobhead.

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