AT the last election the Christian Democratic Party backed an unknown 18-year-old from Nowra, Jessyka Norsworthy, who had never set foot in Calare and refused to make any comment prior to the election.
This time around Fred Nile’s group has gone to the opposite end of the spectrum choosing 73-year-old Molong farmer and Molong Community Church Assembly of God pastor Ian Lyons as their Calare candidate.
Mr Lyons was a last-minute inclusion in the election race when he was preselected by the party last Saturday.
But he believes as a local, the controversy surrounding the party’s 2010 candidate won’t affect his chances come election day.
“That business last time was a bit of mistake,” he said.
“I think anyone who knows me won’t worry about that, people will vote for the issues.”
The Fred Nile admirer said the big Christian issues were speaking out against same-sex marriage, something he will “keep fighting until his dying breath”, and abortion.
“We value human life that’s why we are against abortion,” he said.
“[Homosexuality] is completely unnatural.
“We are not animals, we are special creations of God. We have the ability to choose between right and wrong and we know it’s wrong.”
Mr Lyons said Christians who were more tolerant of homosexuality or supported same-sex marriage were being deceived by Satan.
“The Bible says to love one another, but it doesn’t say to tolerate the sin,” he said.
“They can make the choice not to engage in homosexual activities.”
Border security was another key issue, with the party wanting to stop illegal arrivals and restrict Islamic migrants, Mr Lyons said.
“People don’t know that we’re at war with Islam in Afghanistan,” he said.
“I’ve read the Koran it’s a very war-like scripture.
“Their aim is to takeover all the countries in the world by deception or force.”
Locally, Mr Lyons was concerned about the Macquarie Pipeline and said he would try to influence the government if elected to put tough conditions on the project.
Allegations of mistreatment in aged-care homes was another concern, as was coal seam gas and the need for a moratorium on exploration until further research is done, Mr Lyon said.
At 73, Mr Lyons is a latecomer to politics having never contested any tier of government before, but he is confident God will give him the strength and could even help him with the “hard task” of beating John Cobb.
“I was asked to stand and I prayed about it and I felt God wanted me to stand,” he said.