Controversial Melbourne outer-suburban Casey councillor, wealthy Customs official and deputy mayor Sam Aziz plans to invite controversial anti-Islam, Christian evangelist preacher Danny Nalliah to address the scandal-plagued council on the issue of the construction of a mosque next to Nalliah’s proposed new mega-church.
Deputy mayor Sam Aziz said he wanted to reserve his view for the council debate early next year, but that “it would be a very sad day in this country if religion was to come into our decision-making.”
Councillor Aziz said “the perception in the community is that sometimes in these places words are stated and sermons are given that are not necessarily peaceful. Do you know much about Islam? I suggest you get to know a lot more before you write your story because what you might find will actually horrify you.”
This is probably the ugliest statement vilifying a religious faith by an elected public official in Victoria for many years. All of the great faiths – including Christianity – can be made to look silly by picking out parts that these days seem a little strange. Cue Sorkin.
Incendiary preacher Danny Nalliah isn’t that keen on mosques either and is especially opposed to plans for an Afghan mosque proposed for construction adjacent to his own proposed $2 million mega-church.
In documents obtained by VEXNEWS, Aziz has proposed Nalliah be invited to address the council on various matters including “he dangers of indoctrinated religious intolerance to the values, freedoms and stability of liberal and democratic societies.”
Nalliah is well-known for his intemperate observations about those with different faiths from his own, especially Islam.
He uses it as a marketing tool, attracting racial vilification charges, blaming abortion decriminalisation for bushfire deaths, blaming a Kevin Rudd speech on Israel for the Queensland floods and talking up the prospect of Sharia law in Australia. The only good thing about that might be the ritual beheading of nasty mega-church preachers whose commitment to the love for each other Jesus taught does seem rather thin at times.
Casey council meetings on Aziz’s watch have been raucous bogan affairs, as VEXNEWS has reported, with brawling, swearing, character assassination and vile unpleasantness including suggestions the council CEO regards female employees as some kind of feudal sexual entitlement. But all that will seem tame by comparison to Aziz’s chum, preacher Danny Nalliah, if he gets a speaking gig at the perpetually disgraced municipality.
Aziz’s pronouncements on Islam and his suggested invitation of a fanatically anti-Muslim cleric suggest Aziz has already formed a view on the mosque and under Victoria’s increasingly bizarre laws on local government may not be able to vote on the issue because he’s pre-judged it.
From: Cr Sam Aziz
Sent: Wednesday, 28 November 2012 6:10 PM
To: Sue Jolly
Subject: Further Motion
Could you also please include the following motion for me for the mext (sic)
council meeting on 4 December:
That Pastor Danny Nahlia (sic) of Catch the Fire Ministries, be invited to the
earliest possible General Purposes Committee meeting, to address
council, reflecting upon his international experience, on the dangers of
indoctrinated religious intolerance to the values, freedoms and
stability of liberal and democratic societies.
Councillor for Springfield Ward
Chair of Planning 2009-2011
City of Casey