Misha Schubert in Melbourne’s The Age reports on Pastor Danny Nalliah’s (Catch The Fire Christian Ministries)not so recent talk (October 08 2005) at the anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denyingAustralian League of Rights.
Nalliah is quoted as saying:
“I thought maybe it is a good opportunity to go and speak and I can change some of their thinking“
“Let me be honest and truthful – if I am invited again, I will go again. I am not going to talk about anti-Jewish and anti-Islam; my message is about Christ and salvation.”
One guy in the crowd put his hand up and said ‘Do you believe in the Holocaust?’ …I said ‘To deny the Holocaust would be like saying there will be no daybreak tomorrow morning’.”
The “guy in the crowd” seems to have been Gerald Fredrick Töben, the founder and director of the holocaust-denialist Adelaide Institute, and last yeara guest at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Review of the Holocaust: global vision.
From Töben’s Adelaide Institute website:
Fredrick Töben asked Pastor Nalliah one question: ‘Pastor, do you believe in the ‘Holocaust’?
He replied indirectly that Jews had suffered greatly in the past. Töben asked again: ‘Do you believe in the ‘Holocaust’? The good pastor said something about not knowing anything about the topic.
Jeff Sparrow, author of Communism: A Love Story,writing forCrikey.com.au, (subscribers-only link) quotes the above item from the Adelaide Institute and then ponders …
You will note the difference between this coy response and Nalliah’s new claim to haveasserted that the Holocaust was as undeniable as daybreak.
… it’s hard to knowwhich of them is telling the truth.
Nalliah is not making a “new claim”. The”old claim” was not made by Nalliah.
The “old claim” by Töben does not include the “undeniable as daybreak” phrase,but it does refer tohow Nalliah had “replied indirectly …” which could just as well be Töben’s way of referring to the metaphorical “undeniable as daybreak” statement by Nalliah.
I spoke briefly with Danny Nalliah about 12 hours ago and will be recording an interview with him on Thursday afternoon (Nov 01 2007).
I asked him if he supported Israel. He statedhe did – very much so -and that his office displays the flag of Israel in a prominent position.
I asked him if he accepted the Holocaust. He saidhe most certainly did and said a few things about the vastness of the horror.
I asked him about whether, at theLeague of Rights meeting,he’d “said something about not knowing anything about the topic”. He replied that he had said something at that meetingto the effect that he was not an expert or scholar on the subject.
Before phoning Danny Nalliah I phoned the Adelaide Institute and left a message on its answering machine explaining I was wanting to clarify what was actually said at the meeting in question. As yet I’ve received no reply.
From Catch The Fire’s website:
We also oppose the denial of the plain facts of history concerning the suffering of religious or racial groups, including the Holocaust, the treatment of non-Muslims under sharia conditions, or the persecution of religious communities by Communist regimes.
Was it wrong for Pastor Danny Nalliah to attend the League of Rights meeting? Even after he was warned by colleagues that they were anti-Israel and anti-Jew?
I’ll put this to Danny when I speak with him, but it’s hardly any sort of secret that Catch The Fire is an Envangelical group.
As in Mark 16:15 …
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
And Matthew 28:19 …
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
It’s their job – their “mission” – to go anywhere and everywhere. To spread the Word, to preach, to save, to convert. That’s what Evangelicals do. That’s what Danny Nalliah does. That’s what it seems to me he was doing at the League of Rights meeting.
The Evangelical tradition is, to my knowledge, not a feature of Judaism.
The (not unreasonable) concern that many would have about associating or being seen mixing with unsavoury people or groups doesn’t apply to the Evangelicals when they’re engaging in their Missionary work.
AsCatch The Fire Ministriessays onits website, their job is ….
To take the good news of the gospel from town to town, city to city, state to state, country to country and proclaim the name of Jesus through prayer and action.
[Update: Regarding the section below, I'm replacing the quote I had from this link with verifiable Bible references.]
And, asthe followingstory about Jesus clarifies, Danny Nalliah is not only acting according toChristian principles, he would be going against such principles if he was to place fear of”reputation” above his Mission. [snip]
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.  And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.  But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Danny Nalliah is a good man. I stand by him.
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