The scandalous saga of Navy Captain Mona Shindy has come before the parliament.
During Senate estimates hearings earlier this week, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts questioned the Minister for Defence, Vice Chief of the Defence Force and Chief of Navy about this affair:
For the record, I don’t believe that Captain Shindy supports terrorism or the Islamic State. There is simply no evidence to back that assertion. Rather, she has publicly stated this about the Islamic State:
“The barbaric nature and ideology of these groups has nothing to do with Islam and we should work to limit their appeal to vulnerable Muslims, preventing the use and advertising of ‘Islam’ in their name.”
However, as has become clear in the last few days, it is now accepted by ASIO, the ADF, the AFP and the apparatus of state at large that there is a link between Sunni Islam and terrorism. Unfortunately, no one in any position of authority seems prepared to clarify exactly where that link starts and where it ends.
It is clear, however, that Shindy’s line that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam is entirely discredited.
As such, it does concern me and many other Australians that Captain Shindy’s statements – made in her official capacity as a Navy officer – deny that link and lay much of the blame for terrorism at the feet of Western attitudes towards Islam. She has also used her official position to advocate for the government promotion of Islam across society.
Many Australians would believe that the kind of ‘victimhood’ mentality these statements create does foster the growth of terrorism within Islamic communities.
I am not suggesting that Mona Shindy deliberately sought to do this either.
But her statements reflect a world view that is entirely at odds with our cultural norms. Our institutions and values are rooted in Western Christian beliefs and Shindy wants this to change.
There should be no surprise in this at all. You would hardly expect an Islamic adviser to do otherwise.
But there can be no denying that it is divisive. It is just one example of countless others demonstrating that the push for ‘multiculturalism’ is the cause of the rapidly increasing social tension that Western nations face today.
On the one hand, Western nations are promoting those who want to radically alter our way of life. And on the other, these same nations are pretending that this can occur without a reaction, tension or even a change to our social fabric or culture – even when the bombs start going off.
In a nutshell, this entire affair is the entirely predictable result of insane attempts to pretend that Defence can promote Islam as part of some equally insane diversity push without facing any backlash at all.
And here we come to the real scandal of this entire affair.
It has undermined public confidence in the ADF at a time it as at war with Islamic groups.
And it has exposed blatant hypocrisy within the ADF.
Diversity means protection of some. And execution of others.
The criteria for reward or punishment is no longer based on performance, but political and religious belief.
That’s why Captain Shindy was not punished after this scandal but was instead sent off to complete a masters in politics.
Meanwhile, other Royal Australian Navy sailors have fared very differently, as reported gleefully by the ABC:
The Royal Australian Navy has dismissed several sailors for the inappropriate use of social media.
Reports emerged in January that the Navy had launched an internal investigation into the fact some sailors engaged in Operation Sovereign Borders had been posting anti-Islamic comments on social media.
The reports claimed at least 20 of them were members of the Australian Defence League, an anti-Islamic group affiliated with the English Defence League, which has often led violent street marches in the UK.
One Navy member who was under investigation had responded to a Facebook post critical of asylum seekers, from someone who claimed to be an ADL member, that he was “about to head out today to deal with these f—–s”.
A statement released today by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs says that while no serving member of the Navy has been found to be a member of the Australian Defence League, a number of personnel have been found to have made inappropriate comment on social media or to have an affiliation with different social media groups that are not consistent with Navy values.
Captain Shindy was not punished at all for her statements criticising the government’s border protection policies on an official Navy social media account.
Other sailors have been sacked for stating in strong colloquial language that they are going out to enforce this policy.
It is disgusting double standards. And it’s no wonder the admirals questioned by Senator Roberts looked so uncomfortable. It’s the first time they’ve been called to account for their blatant and indefensible double standards.
For the most part, all of this has occurred under a so-called ‘conservative’ government. Heaven help us all if Labor gets back in. This is how Labor Senator Kim Carr responded to Senator Roberts’ questions: