Danny Nalliah reclaims southern US Pentecostalism

 

John Safran writes for News Limited…

“The woman, blonde and white, mounts the back of the ute outside Parliament House. She is the first to address the Reclaim Australia rally. Its aim is to ‘fight back’ against Islam and multiculturalism.

“First I’d like to pay respect to the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land here,” she says.

Strange way to start your anti-multicultural rally, I think to myself. I pull out my smartphone and report this to my Facebook followers (more about that later).

A few hundred have turned up to support Reclaim Australia. They are protected by a double-line of police, holding back the thousands of pro-multicultural protesters.

“Stand With Muslims Against Racism” reads one of their huge banners.

Back here, on the anti-multicultural side, Danny Nalliah, a Sri Lankan immigrant from the Christian Catch the Fire Ministry, climbs on the ute. He begins a chant: Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! He warns of Sharia Law creeping into Australia. He says Muslims are coming here and not assimilating. What a tangle! If the Aussie way of life is leaving your grievances behind when you immigrate, maybe he’s the one not assimilating.

Jonathan Eli, of Cook Island heritage, born in New Zealand, springs onto the ute and starts belting out Amazing Grace, like he’s auditioning for the Voice. Many in the smiling crowd sing along.

About half of these Reclaim Australia people are from Catch the Fire Ministry, or their political branch, Rise Up Australia. Out of these maybe a quarter are non-white — Asians, Indians and Africans.

I upload a collage of this very multicultural anti-multicultural rally to my Facebook. Immediately progressives start psychoanalysing. These are brown people who are victims of racist Australia! They want to be accepted by the dominant white supremacy culture and so debase themselves this way.

In my experience, Australian intellectuals — you know, the folks who tell you what’s going on, on Q & A and The Drum — just don’t get religion. How scripture and faith is a way of life. Essentially these non-white people are here because the scriptures tell them Jesus Christ is the last prophet. The message of the Koran is an affront to them, as viscerally offensive as a cartoon of Mohammed is to a Muslim.

Finally, a white man climbs onto the ute to speak. He even has an Akubra. This is the retrograde white Aussie the other side was expecting to see at the Reclaim Australia rally. He grabs the microphone and starts talking about how much he loves his Thai wife.

Catch The Fire Ministry/Rise Up Australia is not the only gang here supporting Reclaim Australia. I walk away from the ute, deeper into the crowd where big red flags cast shadows. This is the territory of the far-right United Patriots Front. Here are white Australians who look like bikies.

“Turn on the gas!” a leather-clad man shouts at Jewish John Safran.

“Is that a joke?” I ask.

“No, no,” he mumbles, immediately backing down. I’ve met Holocaust deniers before but this is the first Holocaust joke denier I’ve come across.

An emo-Nazi, lanky, dressed in black, with a Korean boy band haircut, just stares and stares at me.

“You Jewish parasite,“ he hisses. “Write a book about me and see what happens!”

He explains that I’ve only had a book published because of the Jewish puppet masters that control everything. This is a uniquely Jewish experience I’ve found. Innocuous things, even positive things, are twisted so a Jew is meant to apologise for writing a book or being a doctor.

“F*** off, you’re not wanted here!” he snaps, motioning I belong to the lefties on the other side of the police line. He tells me he’ll come after me if I write anything funny about him. Think I’ll still leave the Korean boy band haircut in.

Blair Cottrell, a United Patriots Front leader, tries to settle down the angry man. He doesn’t want his group seen as Neo-Nazis. Earlier, a corpulent man with a swastika tattooed on his head was chased off.

Blair climbs on the ute and gives a rousing speech, punching his Popeye arms into the air. He’s fed up with Islam too.

Afterwards, like my friends in the theatre, he gingerly hangs around, fishing for positive feedback to his performance.

Danny Nallah’s back on the ute. He starts screaming about his love of his brothers in the United Patriot Front. Still, I don’t think this is the mask slipping off a racist self-hating brown man. I think Danny is leveraging secular white Australia’s xenophobia to serve his Christian agenda.

I pull my phone from my pocket. I’m surprised to see my sarcastic Facebook posts have ‘gone viral’. A small group of young lefties — two non-white Muslims and two Asian Australians — are furious. I am a white man taking up space in this discussion that belongs to people of colour.

I know that for online millennials history only goes as far back as last week’s Buzzfeed listicle, but still. Strange they can’t understand why a Jew is curious about a far-right rally in his hometown. Hey, Buzzfeed, maybe you can help educate the kids on this matter. I even have the headline: Schindler’s Listicle.”

From http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/john-safran-reports-from-the-reclaim-australia-rally-where-things-were-even-scarier-than-he-expected/story-fnu2q5nu-1227451292484

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23 thoughts on “Danny Nalliah reclaims southern US Pentecostalism

  1. Okay, just read those you listed GS. I posted some comments thinking I’d have some fun with the guys here…but that’s just too depressing.

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  2. Mr Groupsects, And all this time I thought every bad thing that happened on the planet in churches ended up here.

    That was one disgusting case though!

    Just really hard to understand.

    But, here’s my serious question – and I’m not sure why I’m asking it here among my enemies…… but you ARE mostly people who at one time were sincere members of evangelical churches.

    How can there be so much of this? Do the super strict morality standards make people go nuts? Or do pedophiles join churches in order to do this and put on a front? Or are there people who know the have really terrible tendencies who join churches /turn to God thinking they will be able to change?

    I mean, I can understand not being able to keep your hands off a girlfriend who’s finding it hard herself, or the temptation to check out the Miss April centrefold, but stuff with minors?

    Depressing.

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  3. “btw Mr Groupsects, you missed the news from Perth about some vile pathetic men who had sex with an underage girl – one of them was a pastor.”

    As a rule .. I don’t post individual abuse cases because there are about 3 or 4 *per day* involving pastors and they would over-run the blog.
    For example..

    http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20150729/NEWS/150729794
    http://pamplinmedia.com/nbg/142-news/267863-142480-lawsuit-alleges-child-sexual-abuse-in-friends-organization
    http://www.idahopress.com/members/teacher-at-caldwell-church-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse/article_21307866-35a4-11e5-b6fd-5f8a5b8bdc42.html
    http://www.wthr.com/story/29653707/church-school-worker-arrested-for-child-molestation
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/minister-prison-decade-long-sex-abuse-boy-article-1.2306790
    http://fox6now.com/2015/07/27/charged-73-year-old-man-who-served-as-pastor-school-bus-driver-arrested-for-sexual-assault-of-a-child/

    Those are from the past couple of days.

    I’ve had a particular concern about posting the Perth case for legal reasons as some of the media reporting has mentioned the pastor’s prior convictions, which can cause a trial to be aborted if the judge considers that it could taint a jury.

    This blog is produced in WA which makes it more of an issue for me.

    At the time the story was first reported, it was not clear whether the pastor had pleaded guilty.

    Now he has .. I’ve decided to post the relatively-legally-safe story about his church closing.

    I’m not made of money like Hill$ong .. and need to take legal concerns seriously.

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  4. btw Mr Groupsects, you missed the news from Perth about some vile pathetic men who had sex with an underage girl – one of them was a pastor.

    Incredible – just never stops….

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  5. But I will say that this Safran guy is as crazy and narrow minded as Danny Boy.

    The only difference is that Saffo thinks he’s clever.

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  6. “I wish there was a law that disallowed Danny the use of the term ‘Christian’ or to use the name of Jesus in any public place. ”

    I think i’ll politely decline to comment on that out of respect and admiration.

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  7. It’s funny that Fishy likes Q’s post about a group which claims the head of the Republicans are in league with Islamic extremists.

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  8. I thought it was an excellent report from Safran, funny but also very serious.

    The anti-semitic comments he got from the ‘Patriots’ and ‘Reclaim Australia’ crowd shows that it is just the same sentiment turned to a different group of people. It is too unacceptable (and dangerous) to go after the Jews now, so they turn against the Muslims.

    Safran argues against the amateur psychoanalysts ideas of ‘self-hating brown men’ He’s arguing that Danny is just using the fears of the populace to try and get support for himself and his church.

    Not a very nice man, and he supports a group of even less nice men – the United Patriots Front. Charming types who post reports of violence against ‘lefty scum’ and muslims.

    I wish there was a law that disallowed Danny the use of the term ‘Christian’ or to use the name of Jesus in any public place. I despise his mean God and his worship of his own image which he calls ‘Jesus’

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  9. Oh dear……Now we’re listening to Muslim hating organisations…..

    Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Latest Poll on American Muslims

    But this survey should not be taken seriously. It comes from an organization with a history of producing dubious claims and “studies” about the threat of shariah, and was administered using an unreliable methodology. Its proponents seize upon its shoddy findings, exaggerating and misrepresenting them to American audiences, and falsely claim that the survey data represents the views of Muslims nationwide.

    Here are the details.

    CSP’s History of Baseless Fearmongering

    In recent years, many groups have raised questions about the objectivity and intentions of Frank Gaffney (the head of CSP). His tendency to posit conspiracies about Barack Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood is well documented, and has earned him sharp critique across the political spectrum. The Center for American Progress labels him a “misinformation expert,” while the Conservative Political Action Committee banned him from their 2011 conference for peddling false accusations about GOP connections to Muslim extremists. It was his organization, CSP, that was behind the unfounded rumor that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Huma Abedin, was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and once floated the false idea that General David Petraeus had “submitted” to shariah.

    Since the early 2000s, CSP has generated dozens of occasional papers, blogs and reports that fixate on shariah or other allegedly nefarious topics related to Islam. Often, they are loosely sourced or entirely unsubstantiated, relying instead on a furtive web of connections or, in one case, a 24-year-old document written by a lone Muslim activist that has since been roundly discredited.

    False Statistics and False Claims

    Both Gaffney and O’Reilly claim that the poll’s findings are representative of nationwide Muslim public opinion. But this assertion is untrue.

    CSP’s survey was a non-probability based, opt-in online survey, administered by the conservative group the Polling Company/Woman Trend, a small Washington-based agency that has collaborated with CSP on other occasions to produce surveys about Islam and Muslims. (We learned this after reaching out to the Polling Company to get more details about their methodology, which wasn’t released to the public when Gaffney began promoting the survey’s findings.)

    According to the body that sets ethical standards for polling, the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), opt-in surveys cannot be considered representative of the intended population, in this case Muslims. The AAPOR says that in these cases, “the pollster has no idea who is responding to the question” and that these kind of “polls do not have such a ‘grounded statistical tie’ to the population.”

    So when O’Reilly and guest Zuhdi Jasser pointed to this survey and made claims about what “25% of three million, which is hundreds of thousands of Muslims” believe, it’s not only a misleading statement — it’s outright false.

    This survey does not represent the views of American Muslims. It only represents the views of the 600 Muslims that it polled.

    Loaded Questions and Answers

    Another problem with this poll is the way that questions and answers are phrased. Often, they are not neutral, but are imbued with assumptions and replicate, in an interrogative form, statements that Gaffney and CSP have declared as fact for years. In one question, respondents are asked: “Do you believe the Muslim Brotherhood in America accurately represents your views?” Packed into this question is the assertion that the Brotherhood indeed exists in the United States — something that Gaffney has long propagated. Those who answer “yes” confirm his suspicions, while those who answer “no” acknowledge nonetheless that the group is present here. They’re put into a lose-lose situation.

    In several questions that are asked about shariah, the content of what shariah actually is remains unexamined. Even when Gaffney’s survey appears to be more nuanced by asking Muslims how they would “characterize shariah,” it only offers options about how broadly sharia — whatever it is — should be applied. Answers ranging from “guide to the personal practice of Islam” to Gaffney’s preferred option (“the Muslim God Allah’s law that Muslims must follow and impose worldwide via jihad”) still don’t allow Muslims to express about what they believe about shariah.

    Respondents’ likely answered questions on shariah based on their understanding of the concept, but those views were not measured in the survey, nor communicated to the Fox News audience. Instead, viewers are left to believe that Muslim Americans support shariah as Gaffney and O’Reilly have portrayed it for years: a “brutally repressive” law hostile to non-Muslims. At the end of the day, Gaffney and O’Reilly make it look like Muslims support things they actually don’t.

    Selective Reading and Exaggerations

    Sixty-percent of respondents agreed that “shariah as interpreted by Islamic authorities is compatible with the U.S. Constitution, including freedom of speech and other rights,” and 51% chose this definition of jihad: “Muslims’ peaceful, personal struggle to be more religious.” These rare but helpful nuances are not even alluded to in the promotion and coverage of the survey’s findings in conservative outlets like Fox News.

    O’Reilly also makes exaggerations that the already-flawed data doesn’t support. “Fifty-one percent [of Muslims] say sharia law should be the reigning law,” he said. But that language is nowhere in the survey data he’s likely referencing, which says that “a majority (51%) agreed that ‘Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.'”

    Despite its unreliability, the survey and its findings have spread quickly, with generalizations about American Muslims ricocheting across the Internet and social media, and bleeding into more mainstream outlets. Unfortunately, the general public is not equipped with the tools or knowledge to dissect such claims and is left to accept them at face value. This is especially so when they’re touted by a trusted personality, like Bill O’Reilly, and confirm pre-existing beliefs about Muslims.

    Though the public may not see it, the problems with this poll are numerous: CSP has a history of fabricating fear about Islam and Muslims; the survey’s questions and answers are loaded with bias; and its creators and proponents falsely claim that its findings represent the views of all American Muslims.

    The American public shouldn’t trust this poll.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-lean/heres-why-you-shouldnt-trust-the-latest-poll-on-american-muslims_b_7688204.html

    What’s weird is that Q wants countries ruled by Christian sharia.

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  10. Greg the great irony of this is that this idiot reporter is going on about racism and he listed the race of every single person he talked about!! lol

    So, nobody can ignore race. As part of his hate piece he belittle people and said what race they were, what skin color they were, what color of hair that had, etc etc.

    And the weirdest thing was the looney leftwing violent rentacrowd boofheads were saying “Stand With Muslims Against Racism” ..

    Muslims…..Racism….. So, they don’t think there are white Muslims> HOW DARE THEY!!!! They don’t understand ISLAM!!!!!!! lol

    Greg, tribalism? I’m married to a woman of another race, prayed with people of different nationalities yesterday, and spoke to people from literally countries yesterday. Most of the people who I love in this country think that the country would be better off with the majorityof people speaking the same language and having the same cultural values.

    It doesn’t have to be like that. But its realitiy.

    The ultimate irony is this. Go to some liberal snooty church and its filled with middle class white people – people like some of the contributors here who spend everyday attacking mega churches and pentecostal churches.

    Go watch Joel Osteen and all the people everyone says is terrible and you will see that greatest mix and harmony between races ANYWHERE on the face of the earth.

    That is what’s crazy.

    HIllsong? Joel Osteen? Azusa Street? the pentecostal world is one of the few places where races get on. Its beautiful.

    This reporter has no idea what he’s talking about.

    But my advice for Australia is. When some group is having a rally, opposing groups shouldn’t go there to shout them down. The violence that happened at the recent rallies in Aus was disgusting.

    As crazy as Danny is, he wouldn’t have been there swearing and throwing punches.

    The left wing thugs and neo-nazies were pathetic.

    Sorry, I have to go hang out with some Asians. NO time.

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  11. The Center for Security Policy released a poll Tuesday that should give all Americans pause. The results show that a startling number of American Muslims, our fellow citizens, agree that violence is a legitimate response to those who insult Islam. A full majority of 51% “agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.”

    According to the just-released survey of Muslims, a majority (51%) agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.” When that question was put to the broader U.S. population, the overwhelming majority held that shariah should not displace the U.S. Constitution (86% to 2%). …

    Even more troubling, is the fact that nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”

    A full 25% of those polled agreed that “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.”

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  12. What a complete tool that man is. Q the way I read the bible leads me to believe that once you become a Christian any form of tribalism is just not on. In Christ there is now neither Jew nor Greek etc, means we no longer worhship at the altar of nationalism, but at the foot of the cross of the man who died go all people.

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  13. Who’s losing their freedoms?

    Where is sharia law being introduced?

    Just your typical nutbag scare campaign which has united conservative Christians and racists.

    They go well in bed together.

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  14. “These are brown people who are victims of racist Australia! They want to be accepted by the dominant white supremacy culture and so debase themselves this way.”

    This is absolutely ridiculous. It’s not debasing yourself to come to a country, be proud of it, and want to keep freedom.

    As for the anti-semitic who said turn on the gas, he’s a complete ratbag and pathetic. I’d deport him if I were in charge.

    I am completely against the introduction of Sharia law.

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