Defence imam update

Some people are just gluttons for punishment.

The Turnbull government has refused to rule out appointing another Defence imam:

The Turnbull government last night refused to say whether it would appoint another Muslim representative to the Defence Force’s religious advisory committee following the resignation of Mohammadu Nawas Saleem.

Despite Defence Minister Marise Payne last month backing Sheik Saleem’s 2015 appointment, the Melbourne imam tendered his resignation days later following controversy over his purported positions on sharia law and extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Conservative activist Bernard Gaynor and South Australian senator Cory Bernardi criticised Sheik Saleem’s position on the committee after he was named as a signatory to a Muslim community statement defending Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2015.

The last one publicly backed Hizb ut Tahrir. The current leading Islamic cleric in Australia has claimed that laws that outlaw the advocation of terrorism infringe the free speech of Islamic preachers. The head of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has backed Koranic teaching that allows wife beating.

And Australia’s favourite imam is currently running around the countryside explaining that Islam is precisely the reason the Islamic terrorism.

Despite all of these reasons for deciding that less Islam is the answer to the most pressing security issue confronting Western society, our government is still pondering how many Greens’ votes it can get by doubling down on its first disastrous appointment.

That is why I will continue to watch very closely. If a new appointment pops up, I will let you know all about him. And everything disastrous that bobs up after a 30 second google search.

As a bunch of politicians, Turnbull’s lot have rocks in their heads. No wonder the polling is so appalling.

And no wonder so many conservatives are moving to Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives.

Speaking of which, 2GB’s Ben Fordham spoke with Senator Bernardi about the Defence imam’s resignation earlier this week.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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