Petition: Protect Christian Defence members

Sally Vincent from Family First has taken action to protect Christians who proudly serve this nation in uniform.

She has launched a petition to the Minister for Defence, Assistant Minister for Defence and Chief of the Defence Force, urging them to allow Christian members to continue to openly serve this country.

Now you can take action too – click here to support this petition.

This petition was launched after the Chief of Defence Force wrote to me, stating that the public expression of my Christian beliefs was not on.

Well, I’ve got a message back. Any attempt to prevent service personnel from practicing their Christian faith is not on.

This is what the Chief of Defence Force had to say to me:

“I respect your religious beliefs and your right to have, and express, opinions contrary to ADF and Government policy. However your public articulation of these matters whilst a member of the Army Reserve, whether or not you are on duty, or in uniform, undermine my confidence in your ability to uphold the values of the Australian Army and your effectiveness as a leader in today’s Army.”

It was news to me that the public expression of my Christian beliefs was contrary to Army values or could diminish confidence in them.

However, maybe they do. That is, if new Army values support sexually-explicit activity in front of kids, as I wrote about here and here.

If these are the new Army values, then I will do all I can to undermine confidence in them, because they are not fitting for any nation’s military.

It also makes me wonder about Defence policies that encourage service members to practice their religious beliefs. Have they now been rescinded?

Perhaps the Chief of the Defence Force could clear this up…

…and while he is at it, he might like to explain why our fallen are remembered under a Christian symbol – the cross.

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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