Election special No 8 – Rise Up Ratbags!

Christian Taliban stormtroopers Rise Up Australia continue to provide a welcome giggle.

If they did not exist would it have been necessary for The Chaser to invent them? Probably.

They join a crew of right wing Christian, conspiracy theory and other nutjob microparties eager to get their 30 pieces of silver from the AEC as they race headlong for the bottom.

You may remember that the party leader and Catch the Fire Ministries extremist cleric Danny Nalliah said among other crazy statements that Victoria’s abortion laws were the cause of the Black Saturday bushfires.

Here are a couple of their candidates. The rest of them are cut from the same xenophobic Christian exceptionalist cloth.

This one is a “Bible teacher”.

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IPSWICH Muslims have defended their faith in the wake of Rise Up Australia Party candidate Anthony Mackin’s calls to eradicate mosques and ban the burka.

Mr Mackin, a bible teacher, is the Blair candidate for a party that has banning the burka as one of its key policies.

In an interview with The QT yesterday, Mr Mackin explained why he was opposed to burkas.

“Part of the problem is the obvious one, that you can’t identify who is underneath it,” he said.

“I’ve seen recently on the internet that there have been suicide bombers disguising themselves in burkas.

“When we go into a petrol station the first thing a motorcyclist is asked to do is remove the helmet before the cashier will receive payment for the bill, for security purposes.

“Everybody is required to do this…but the people who are not assimilating to our laws and customs are not.”

Mr Mackin said his major concern was that burkas “mostly come from the Islamic religion that is aggressively non conformist”.

On mosques, Mr Mackin said “if Islam determines or decrees that it needs a mosque, then Islam has to go and the mosques have to go”.

“We’ve been told mosques are seen as militant infrastructure by the Muslims.”

The QT asked Mr Mackin if he favoured the eradication of mosques or stopping them in the future.

“Personally, I lean towards the eradication of mosques,” he said. “In order to establish a mosque we find that Muslims tend to flood an area and make it uncomfortable for locals.”

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Another loopy Queenslander, this time in PM Rudd’s seat of Griffith

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A CANDIDATE for the Prime Minister’s seat of Griffith has put outlawing the Islamic faith front and centre of her election campaign, branding it a “religion from hell” and claiming that building mosques in Australia is “high treason”.

Sherrilyn Church of the Rise Up Australia Party says her top policy priority in the election is to ban the building of mosques in the electorate, south of Brisbane.

Ms Church – a small-time citrus farmer from Crows Nest on the Darling Downs – said her primary concern for the electorate was “the Islamisation of the city by councils giving permission for mosques to be erected”.

“Basically, I see Islam not primarily a religion but a system of law because to the Islamic mind the existence of a mosque in an area means they believe that Sharia law applies and the Islamic flag must fly – now that is high treason in a sovereign nation,” she said.

“Islam is a legal system before it is a religion. We have freedom of religion but their religion is illegal.

“We are multi-ethnic, but we are not multicultural, because that’s where the law comes into it.

“The people in the mosque can be as charming and pleasant as your best Australian but there is also those elements, as you know across the world, where young men are recruited to jihadist training camps from these mosques.

“A lot of people consider it to be fine. A lot of people also consider that having gay marriage is fine.”

Ms Church, 61, said she believed the Muslim faith and democratic citizenship were fundamentally incompatible.

“This question is asked of all Australian citizens when they stand before the governor or to become citizens. They have to declare that they will come under our system of law, and our flag.

“If you’re going to say; ‘no, I’m going to hold to the laws of the Koran’, I would say `pack your bags, get on the next plane and go home’.

“Our laws are totally and utterly contrary to the law of the Koran. There are some religions that didn’t come from heaven, they come from hell.”

Ms Church’s platform has proven unpopular within the local Islamic community, which has two mosques in the Griffith electorate at Holland Park and West End.

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We are still deciphering this one:

“Islam is a legal system before it is a religion. We have freedom of religion but their religion is illegal.

“We are multi-ethnic, but we are not multicultural, because that’s where the law comes into it.

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