New party seeks to curb Muslim immigration

11 Feb 2013, 6:06 pm

Source: Shalailah Medhora, SBS

A Sri Lankan migrant has launched a political party that runs on an anti-multiculturalism platform. Rise Up Australia already boasts about 1,500 members and plans to run 65 candidates in the upcoming federal election.

A Sri Lankan migrant has launched a political party that runs on an anti-multiculturalism platform.

Rise Up Australia already boasts about 1,500 members and plans to run 65 candidates in the upcoming federal election.

“Rise Up Australia Party, which is committed to keeping Australia for Australians, is utterly and completely opposed to multiculturalism, says Rise Up Australia’s founder Daniel Nalliah.

The Sri Lankan-born pastor draws on his own migrant past in defence of assimilation.

That message has the backing of international figures.

“If you come here, then follow Pastor Danny’s example and enjoy it and celebrate it and do not seek to destroy it,” said Christopher Monckton from the UK Independence Party.

The leader of the new party has come under fire in the past for anti-Islamic comments, but he wasn’t backing away from making controversial statements again today.

“True Muslims are radicals, unfortunately. If they practice the Koran, they’re radicals,” he said.

If elected, Rise Up wants to restrict the number of Muslims calling Australia ‘home’.

The party has 1,500 supporters across the country, and is putting forward 52 candidates in the Lower House and a dozen in the Senate in the upcoming federal election.

Many of the supporters are concerned about what they claim is the “Islamification of Australia”.

“If we’re not careful, we’re going to lose this country,” said a supporter. “I don’t want to see Sharia Law in Australia,” said another.

But Iqbal Patel from Muslims Australia says that’s far from happening.

“Nobody wants to impose Sharia law in Australia, I mean, far from it. That’s the last thing that anybody wants to do”.

The Vice-President of the Muslim association insists it’s a free country, and supporters of Rise Up can vote as they chose.

“If they want to try and get any mileage on the backs of Muslims, and blame Muslims for all the ills of Australia, then I think that itself is very short-sighted of them,” he said.

But he says it’s sad that someone would exploit Islam for political gain.


Fundamentalist Christian warning

Star Online
Staff Writers

Posted on 26 October 2011

Former NSW Christian Democrat MLC and Family First NSW leader Dr Gordon Moyes has warned that Christian Gordon Moyesfundamentalists who want to impose religious laws on society are operating in Australia.

“Dominionism is a new cult, started in USA, but today is present in Australia,” Moyes warned in a recent newsletter.

“Dominionism is not a new denomination. Rather [it is] an interrelated mindset followed by some members of a wide range of extreme fundamentalist and some Pentecostal Protestants.

“Dominionism is a term used to describe the tendency among some politically active conservative Christians to seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, with the goal of a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of Old Testament law. Their aim is to control ‘the seven mountains’ — the peak bodies of business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion.

“They take a fundamentalist attitude to many issues and oppose evolution, changing moral standards, university agendas, all other religions, opposing all schools not run by Christians, traditional cultural practices, abortion, homosexuality, the teaching of palaeontology on the dating of the earth, all philosophy, psychology and psychiatry, the United Nations [and] scientific beliefs on climate change.

“Dominionism is a doctrine which demands the total remaking of society to conform with the laws of the Old Testament, and it states that the second coming of Jesus Christ will never occur until ‘God’s kingdom’ is established on earth for a thousand years.”

Moyes warned that there were already around six small organisations in Australia pushing a dominionist agenda.

Moyes wrote that The Sydney Morning Herald had recently run an article in which the three leading dominionists in Australia were named, “none of whom has graduate theological training in Biblical studies but are a retired soldier, an elderly politician and a country dentist”.

“Another is a Melbourne-based self-anointed ‘Apostle’,” Moyes wrote.

The Star Observer understands that the Melbourne-based leader is Pastor Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries, while the three named in the SMH are Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace, the Reverend Fred Nile and the National Alliance of Christian Leaders convenor Graham McLennan.

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