Getting history wrong, even as it’s brought to light

The Defence LGBTI Information Service (DEFGLIS) has partnered with the Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne and Macquarie University to “highlight the contributions made by LGBTI people who have served in Australia’s Army, Navy and Air Force.”

Whoa!

The Australian Catholic University?

That’s a serious problem right there.

The Australian Catholic University might be Catholic in name, and it might seek to be the font of all knowledge, but I hate to break it to the hierarchy there that they don’t understand even the basic fundamentals of Catholic teaching.

For instance, this is what the Catholic Church officially teaches about homosexuality:

  • Article 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that Sacred Scripture presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and that they are intrinsically disordered and contrary to the natural law. Under no circumstances are they to be approved.
  • Article 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the inclination to homosexuality is itself intrinsically disordered.
  • Article 2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that homosexual persons are called to chastity and that they should seek the virtue of self-mastery. It also states that persons who suffer from this condition are to be treated with compassion as they take action to overcome this trial.

Despite this, the Australian Catholic University has cosied up with DEFGLIS to promote a behaviour that is gravely depraved, intrinsically disordered and not to be approved under any circumstances.

However, given this project is well and truly underway, I think it might be worthwhile highlighting some of the homosexual contributions to Defence that have come to light in recent days.

And hopefully the academics won’t airbrush history, but will actually get it right. Because if you want to talk about homosexuality and the Australian Defence Force, it is impossible to ignore what the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce has just published in its Report on abuse at HMAS Leeuwin.

And its graphic detail makes for some very uncomfortable reading.

Here are some excerpts:

“Within a fairly short time, the threats from the older recruits progressed to bullying, physical attacks, and homosexual acts. The new boys were sometimes rounded up, stripped naked, and made to run through the long corridors of the building while the earlier recruit intakes hit them with pillowcases, which they had filled with bottles, boots, and any hard things they could get into them.

These same sick individuals also participated in midnight raids, where they beat boys while they slept. I would often wake in fright to the sudden excruciating pain of someone’s fists pounding on my face and body. I lost a couple of teeth from this bashing. Unfortunately, sometimes the base staff members were also involved in these acts of bastardisation and paedophilic homosexuality. Why I was a victim of these attacks I don’t know, maybe because I was a pretty faced mummy’s boy.

There were also the homosexual games, where they would force me and other boys to perform sexual acts on each other. These things caused immeasurable physical and mental damage to me and other victims, even those who didn’t think it affected them, were in fact infected, as some of the victims became the predators, over-lording it over the next bunch of fresh recruits.

Each accommodation block had a staff room located on the bottom storey right next to the main entry where there was always at least one adult staff member on duty. Given this, I could never understand why, during the beatings and homosexual attacks, these staff members didn’t hear what was going on and come to our rescue. I now realise it was impossible for them not to hear what was happening, and they either just didn’t care, were in cahoots with the perpetrators, or worse still … they enjoyed it. To this day I can feel the emotional pain of those dreadful days of hell welling up inside me. Unfortunately such abuse never really leaves you.”

The report also noted the following:

“In other cases, complainants indicated that they were subjected to a sexual assault and were subsequently ridiculed by other Junior Recruits for having homosexual tendencies. One such complainant told the Taskforce that he had his pants pulled down by more senior Junior Recruits and fingers inserted into his anus, and that following this incident he was subjected to continual jokes inferring that he enjoyed the abuse he experienced.”

 And it contained this graphic detail:

“I was taken into a bedroom where one of the [Able Seamen] told me to undress and put on another set of clothes. While I was undressing he tried to touch my genitals. I struggled but was pushed back on the bed and told to relax. He then threatened me and proceeded to perform oral sex on me. I panicked and started screaming. He stopped. I then got dressed and went back outside. I continued to drink with the other Junior Recruit but I was distraught. The party was raided by police and the Provost Marshal took the other Junior Recruit and myself away and threatened to charge us with “consorting with homosexuals”. The police escorted us back to base and we were put in cells for the remainder of the weekend. When I tried to explain to the police officers what the [Able Seaman] had done to me I was given a smack around the head and told to shut up about it. I also told the Provost Marshal about the incident and he advised me that I should forget about it if I wanted to stay in the Navy. I was a 16 year old Junior Recruit with nowhere to go or anybody to talk to. I felt scared for my safety and very alone.

After four months of living at HMAS Leeuwin, my friends and I were living in complete fear of the staff and other recruits. I felt like I was trapped in a prison.”

Another victim recounted this event:

“Once at the pub the [Able Seaman] proceeded to buy me drink after drink. He was feeding me alcohol and I remember becoming heavily intoxicated. I do not recall much from this night but remember waking up in a residence the morning after at approximately 7am. I awoke naked in a bed with the [Able Seaman] next to me, he was also naked. I was in pain and realised that I had been sodomised. There was evidence that this had occurred. I started screaming, grabbed my clothes and ran out of the residence.

I did not disclose this incident of rape to anybody in the Navy because I was fearful of being kicked out. Homosexual behaviour was not tolerated in the Navy.”

And this account is also very similar:

“I was held down by some of the senior recruits and then felt pain like I had never felt before. I was held face down on the ground and then either a broom handle or mop handle was inserted into my anus. The pain was unbearable and I remember screaming. Someone put their hand over my mouth to stifle my screams. I remember there was a fair bit of laughter going on from them.

I am not sure how long this incident lasted but I do not think it was a long time. The senior sailor then ordered the recruits out. As I was lying on the tiled floor, I remember him coming up close to me and whispering into my ear “you will learn to like it”. He pulled me up by my hair and then he […] put his tongue in my ear and licked the side of my mouth and then left the room.

I recall going back to my bed and putting a towel in my mouth to stop the noise of me crying being heard by others.”

The entire 148 page report is filled with accounts of similar distressing homosexual abuse. It is a very disturbing read. I can only hope that the researchers at the Australian Catholic University pay attention to this document.

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What’s more disturbing, however, is that DEFGLIS and the Australian Defence Force are creating the conditions for the same type of abuse to occur again, due to the politically-correct decision to march at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Apparently, it is inconceivable that groups at this homosexual event can do any wrong.

They are above criticism.

So Defence hierarchy and the Minister for Defence and Assistant Minister for Defence have just decided to ignore the fact that uniformed personnel marched in solidarity with at least one group that has been prepared to publicise information on its webpage about how to signal a desire to engage in pederasty.

You read that right.

The Sydney Leather Pride Association displayed information about paedophilia and bestiality on its website until I raised concerns about it earlier this year.

Thankfully, the ‘educational’ information has now been removed, but there has been no condemnation of this group by anyone. Not by the organisers of the Mardi Gras. Not by DEFGLIS. And not by Defence.

Not even the Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, or the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, are prepared to say anything that would appear to distance Defence from this group, which takes pride in describing itself as a bunch of perverts.

I wrote to the Minister for Defence about this situation on 15 April, 2014. You can read a copy of that letter here.

He passed it on to the Assistant Minister for Defence and on 10 June, 2014, I received a response. The Assistant Minister thanked me for my letters of 15 April and then went on to state:

“Multiculturalism and diversity are a reality for the Australian community and the ADF. The ADF must leverage this diversity in order to enhance the combat power it brings to the battlefield. In particular, I will target recruiting efforts at Australians with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. These citizens bring with them innate knowledge and skills that are invaluable in overseas operations and in building closer ties with regional partners and allies.”

Minister Robert then wrote:

“To maintain combat effectiveness, ADF members must respect and trust those they work with and fight alongside – regardless of their cultural background, religious affiliation, gender or sexual orientation. Defence does not tolerate vilification of its members on the basis of any of these characteristics.”

So there you have it.

When presented information that uniformed Defence personnel, on official duty, took part in an event that also publicised a group that thinks it’s ok to put information about pederasty on its webpage, the Assistant Minister for Defence responded that ADF members must respect those they work with – regardless of ‘sexual orientation’.

And when asked specifically to confirm that the ADF does not support the Sydney Leather Pride Association by marching with it at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Assistant Minister for Defence responded that he was going to prioritise recruitment of those with ‘culturally diverse’ backgrounds.

And then, eight days later, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce handed down its graphic findings of homosexual paedophile abuse at HMAS Leeuwin.

It just does not make any sense.

It shows that the politically-correct desire to appear favourable of all things homosexual overrides everything else.

I accept that not all homosexuals support this type of behaviour. But the leadership of homosexual groups, like DEFGLIS, refuse to condemn those elements of their own movement that promote disturbing behaviour.

As a result, it is simply impossible to have any confidence that these type of abuses won’t occur again, especially when DEFGLIS is proud to march with groups like the Sydney Leather Pride Association.

And if homosexual abuse within Defence is airbrushed from history while uniformed Defence members are encouraged to associate with groups like the Sydney Leather Pride Association, Defence is bound to make the same mistakes again.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of seven 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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