A FEW weeks ago I wrote a story for DeSmogBlog looking at how Lord Christopher Monckton - a poster child of the climate science denialist movement - had agreed to launch a new Australian political party fronted by an anti-Islamist Creationist preacher.
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PASTOR Daniel Nalliah, president of the fringe political party Rise Up Australia, has what you might politely describe as some fairly interesting views on matters of science, the climate, abortion and religious tolerance.
In the pulpit-driven eyes of Melbourne's Pastor Nalliah, humans didn't appear on Earth until 6000 years ago, when his god put us there. That same god was also behind Australia's most devastating bushfires, but only because laws are in place to allow abortion.
Pastor Danny, as he is known, doesn't like Islam much either. He'd also like to see school principals given the power to hit pupils with bits of wood (but only with parental consent).
But more of all this later, because Pastor Danny has announced the name of the man to give the keynote speech at the official launch of his Rise Up Australia political party.
SOMETIMES in the world of climate science “scepticism”, things can become a little surreal. A bit odd, if you will, to the point where you need to inflict a sharp pain upon your person to confirm you've not drifted off into an alternate reality.
Like the time, for example, when Australian mainstream TV station Channel Seven chose a “climate expert” who once wrote a book called “Pawmistry” detailing how to read your cat's paws.
Or the time when a Christian fundamentalist claimed the Victorian bushfires were his god’s revenge for the state’s “incendiary abortion laws which decimate life in the womb”.
Then there was the time when US free market think-tank the Heartland Institute said “the people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren't scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.”
To me, the odd thing about these instances is not that they actually happened or that there are people with enough arrogance and ideology to believe their own fantasies. What's odd, is that people in positions of influence still associate themselves with them.