Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Australia's bushfire disaster: Pastor says fire from hell is God's punishment for abortion laws

Pentecostal church leader, Pastor Danny Nalliah of The Catch the Fire Ministries has outraged Australians by blaming the bushfires on laws decriminalising abortion in Victoria.

Using the devastating tragedy to push his own agenda, he claimed he had a dream about raging fires on October 21 last year and that he woke with "a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb".

When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald if he believed in a God who would take vengeance by killing so many people indiscriminately - even those who opposed abortion, Mr Nalliah referred to 2 Chronicles 7:14 to vouch for his assertion that God could withdraw his protection from a nation.

"The Bible is very clear," he said. "If you walk out of God's protection and turn your back on Him, you are an open target for the devil to destroy."

Perhaps in the still, calm dead of night, the fire and brimstone preacher will hear a voice booming out of the heavens - "There are too many saviours on my cross".

However, bad taste is not confined to Australian fanatics.

Britain's gutter tabloid press, so fond of making fun of anything "foreign," could not resist the sort of tasteless dig that has become synonymous with so-called British humour.

The Mail on Sunday's tacky headline 'Err, Bruce...the fire's the other way!' next to a picture of a volunteer fire crew fleeing for their lives, also outraged many who unlike the caption writer, understood the sheer horror of the unmerciful inferno.

Perhaps the alleged journalist would like to consider this. The fire travelled at a speed so fast it could change quicker than a person could think. It was unpredictable as the scorching heat created its own weather, own wind patterns. The fire had the same effect as the fire-bombing of Dresden.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, a University of Melbourne senior lecturer in fire ecology and management,said -

The radiant heat - the heat given off by the fires - would itself have been enough to kill. "When it gets close, you have enormous radiation loads. The "survivability" distance of Saturday's heat was about four times their height - a 35-metre high fire would directly imperil those within 140 metres. "For those close to the fires, the conditions could be best described as being similar to the fire-bombing that destroyed German cities such as Dresden in World War II.

However, the lack of understanding shown by the Mail was in stark contrast to an overwhelming show of support from their readers - many of whom expressed their disgust at such insensitivity and callous disregard for those who put their own lives and families on the line to save others, while the Fleet Street hacks sit safely behind their workstations finding another target for their Brand and Ross idea of humour.
Written and published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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