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‘Sharia zone’: Christian pastor fires up over mosque-next-door plan

Daniel Nalliah ... 'Having those same teachings right under our noses is counter-productive to our church.' Photo: Simon O'Dwyer   Read more:

Daniel Nalliah … ‘Having those same teachings right under our noses is counter-productive to our church.’ Photo: Simon O’Dwyer

Anti-Islam crusader Daniel Nalliah and his evangelical Christian church are set to fight a plan to build a mosque in the same street.

Mr Nalliah, a pastor at Catch the Fire Ministries, said his church was weeks away from building a $2 million base at 25 Green Street, Doveton.

He recently learnt of a planning application by an Afghan community group to build the Omar Farooq Mosque next door. The church, along with more than 100 petitioners including adjoining residents, will formally object to Casey Council over the mosque proposal.

No objections had been raised against Catch the Fire’s church, which had been approved by the council, Mr Nalliah said.

Afghan-Australian Association of Victoria president Khaliq Fazal, as spokesman for the mosque proponents, accused Mr Nalliah and his church of distributing “hysterical” anti-mosque leaflets to “agitate” neighbours.

He said the mosque was a “place for peace and for the worship of the same god that we all believe in”.

“The Afghan community has a very good reputation and has assimilated well in a multicultural society since the 1860s. We’ve never had any problem with any other religions. We believe in Jesus Christ as well, so what’s the problem?”

Mr Nalliah — an outspoken figure who sparked outrage for attributing Black Saturday bushfires to Victoria’s abortion laws — said he did not know who was behind the leaflets.

He said his objections to the mosque trailed back to a long-runningracial vilification dispute with the Islamic Council of Victoria over a Catch the Fire newsletter about Muslims and the Koran in 2002.

Mr Nalliah said he and his family received death threats during the dispute, which cost the church $600,000. “Not once have we said people should bust up a Muslim or burn down a mosque.

“We don’t approve of Islam as a religion but we love Muslim people. Islam teaches that those who follow other religions are infidels.

“It is a religion that doesn’t value freedom of religion. Having those same teachings right under our noses is counter-productive to our church.”

He said that homes vacated by “fed-up” neighbours would be bought up by Muslims, creating a “sharia [the moral code and religious law of Islam] zone”.

Casey planning manager Duncan Turner said the council would consider any public submissions “received up until it makes its decision”.

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  1. oh ffs just stfu and let em build their mosque

  2. So much for freedom of Religion. Maybe Muslims in Australia should demonstrate Daniel Nalliah’s evangelical Christian Church by all wearing clown suits, as was done by protesters of the Westboro Church here in the US to stop adherants of that church from demonstrating at military funerals with anti-gay signs. It’s time to use peaceful demonstrations as well as the media to show just how narrow-minded and stupid is this pastor.

  3. So the complaint of Mr. Nalliah is that Islam considers others as “infidels’; when the Quran actually refers to Christians/Jews as “people of the Book”. He says Islam does not value “freedom of religion”. What does the teachings he follows say about any person who does not accept Jesus Christ (pbuh) as their Lord and Savior?

    And the disclaimer of not approving of Islam but “love the people” is a smoke screen and dishonest. This double speak is a cover for the discriminatory, inflammatory tactics without the accusation of a personal attack.

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