The Federal Liberal government has rocks in its head.
The Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, has just announced that Mohamadu Nawaz Saleem has been appointed as the Australian Defence Force’s first imam.
This is how the Minister for Stupidity spun it:
Mr Robert committed to appointing a Muslim representative to the RACS [Religious Advisory Committee to the Services] in a recent speech in Parliament where he spoke on the concept of Capability through Diversity.
“Capability through Diversity is all about enhancing the combat power of the ADF by widening the national recruitment pool and tapping into the tremendous latent resources that a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce brings to Defence,” Mr Robert said.
“Increasing the breadth of the RACS to include the Muslim faith also reflects the ADF’s pastoral care responsibilities for all its members and is entirely consistent with Defence’s commitment to cultural reform.”
Imam Mohamadu Nawaz Saleem will work with the Muslim community and other members of the RACS in providing advice on the religious and spiritual wellbeing of all members of the ADF.
Meanwhile, this is what Imam Saleem put his name to on 19 February this year:
5) We strongly oppose Prime Minster Abbott’s politically convenient threats to ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on Islamic groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir who disavow and have never supported terrorist acts, and whose only ‘crime’ has been to criticise the Abbott Government’s stance towards Muslims domestically and abroad, as they are well within their rights to do. We also oppose the bullying of Sheikh Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad by Mr Abbott for his criticism of Mr Abbott’s attempts to silence individuals’ and organisations’ legitimate criticisms of his policies.
You can see that right here:
You might remember that Hizb ut Tahrir is famous for demanding an Islamic army to impose Sharia law in Australia. They might just get their wish too.
Hizb ut Tahrir’s meetings were also frequented by Man Haron Monis, the Lindt Cafe terrorist, and its spokesman, Uthman Badar, planned to wax lyrical at the Sydney Opera House defending the concept of honour killings last year. He’s also posted Hizb ut Tahrir propaganda on his Facebook page calling for a nuclear-armed Pakistan to impose itself as the new caliphate.
And to top it all off, this is what Hizb ut Tahrir thinks about Anzac Day:
“In fact, Australia’s role in the Gallipoli campaign finds its broader context in Australia’s, albeit insignificant relative to Britain and France, contribution to the destruction of the Khilafah, manifest in Australia attacking and colonising Muslim lands. In August 1914 Australian troops were sent first to Egypt. After four and a half months of training near Cairo, they departed by ship for the Gallipoli peninsula. In fact it was in Cairo that the ANZAC acronym was devised by Major General William Birdwood’s staff in early 1915.
In the latter part of the war, Australian troops in the Middle East fought a mobile war against the Uthmani Khilafah. In 1916 they partook in the fight for the Suez Canal and the allied conquest of the Sinai Peninsula. In 1917 Australian troops advanced into Palestine, partaking in the capture of Gaza and Jerusalem. By 1918 they had played there part in occupying Lebanon and Syria.
This is the history we are being asked to adopt, nay to celebrate, as our own. This is the history that is being adopted in various Islamic schools, in the post 9/11 world, as students are made to take part in Anzac Day commemorations such as observing one-minute silence and being taught about the great feats of the Anzacs. We need to challenge and resist this. We have a history of our own, linked to the Islamic worldview and the struggles and achievements of our predecessors.”
And our Assistant Defence Minister thinks that appointing a bloke who’s prepared to go on the public record in defence of Hizb ut Tahrir as the military’s first imam will improve capability.
There are words that should be used to describe this situation. All of them are unprintable.
To highlight the absurdity of this situation, it should be noted that there are less than 100 Muslims in the Australian Defence Force. That’s not to say that young Islamic men are not interested in combat. They are. It’s just that the sons of the Australian Islamic community have signed up and shipped off to fight for the Islamic State. The sad reality is that there are more Muslims from Australia fighting against the Australian Defence Force than in it.
And now we are trying to entice them back to defend us by appointing a public advocate for Hizb ut Tahrir into a senior military position. His role will be to provide ‘pastoral care’ and advice to the government and military leadership about widening the national recruiting pool to ‘tap’ into the Islamic community.
By the way, Saleem was appointed on the recommendation of the Australian National Imam’s Council. It may interest you to know that this peak Islamic body wrote to a federal parliamentary inquiry in October 2014 to complain that laws prohibiting the advocation of terrorism infringed their freedom of speech:
“We are therefore concerned that the proposal has serious implications on free speech and will have a chilling effect on legitimate religious and political debate. This provision is of particular concern to preachers who spend a large proportion of their time teaching and advocating on social justice issues.”
This mob has also condemned the government for using the Australian Defence Force to assist Kurdish fighters holding back the Islamic State juggernaut.
Given this, one can’t help but wonder which side the ‘moderate’ imams are on. But we know our own government is backing them. So you should brace for more madness. There’s no point having an imam without a mosque and now it’s only a matter of time before one is built on a military base – with funds that are supposed to be used in the defence this nation.
We’re deliberately doing this to ourselves: