What I note about the Australian Defence Force

Shortly, the Chief of Defence Force is likely to give me the flick from the Army Reserve.

It seems he and the rest of the brass in Canberra don’t like my views or the fact that occasionally I point out their blatant hypocrisy.

For instance, apparently it’s groovy for homosexual officers to swan around in public with those who mock and denigrate Catholicism. By allowing this to occur, the head honchos think we have a diverse and accepting Defence Force.

But if some poor Digger, recently returned from a war in Afghanistan, ‘likes’ a Facebook page that insults Islam he will wind up facing the military justice system. And by insult, I mean that he’s clicked a little thumb somewhere on a post that probably acknowledges the truth about Mohammad’s sexual relationship with a nine year old girl.

It seems that the diverse ADF is not accepting enough to handle the truth.

So, I’m not sure if it will like this truth: If you are in the ADF you can mock and insult Christianity all you like. But you cannot acknowledge the basic facts of Islam without being investigated for profound racism, or facing some military court for bringing the ADF into disrepute.

Christianity is a legitimate target for derision. Islam, the religion of those we fight, is above criticism.

Well, I say if the ADF thinks Islam is that bloody good, then it might as well start  asking its members to convert and it should acknowledge the last ten years have been a waste of time. Perhaps the CDF could lead the way. But I won’t be joining him.

In fact, a short time ago I provided my response regarding the Chief of Army’s decision to terminate my commission.

Attached below is an excerpt. Let me know what you think.

I note that the ADF had no problems with my personal political activity until I said that I would not allow homosexuals to teach my children. I made this statement on the basis of my Catholic faith.

I note that the ADF has punished me for this statement.

I note that the ADF can tell me my views about my children’s education are offensive to the homosexual community and are unacceptable.

I note that this also means the ADF believes homosexuals have a right to teach my children.

I note that when I pointed out the offensive and unacceptable nature of the ADF’s interference in my children’s education that the ADF investigation rejected my complaint.

I note, consequently, that the ADF is more interested in the views of the homosexual community than mine when it comes to my children’s education.

I note that I cannot conduct political activity that opposes homosexual activism, even if it is not in uniform.

I note that homosexual officers can conduct political activity in uniform, link Defence to their cause and will be rewarded for doing so.

I note that these officers can use Defence to campaign against the rights and freedoms of religious organisations.

I note that I cannot criticise ADF policy or the hierarchy, even as a private citizen.

I note that homosexual officers can, while in uniform.

I note that I cannot refer to my service to this nation or publish anywhere photos of me in uniform.

I note that homosexual ADF members can freely publish photos of themselves in uniform and, in doing so, identify themselves with lewd and pornographic activities and radical political causes.

I note that when I notified the ADF about these contradictions that the evidence was ignored and my complaint was rejected.

I note that I would be punished for communicating offensive sexually-explicit imagery of the Mardi Gras on Defence computer systems.

But I note that other ADF members are permitted to parade in the Mardi Gras and give public uniformed support to the offensive activities conducted there.

I note that the Chief of Army has said the standard you walk past is the standard you accept, and I note that the Mardi Gras is the new standard of acceptable public sexual behaviour and political activity, but only for homosexual members.

I note that the ADF will punish those members who state publicly their Catholic belief that homosexuality is immoral.

I note that homosexual members can freely state that those who hold alternative views to them are hate-filled and immoral.

I note that the ADF will punish soldiers for ‘liking’ a Facebook page that mocks Islam but will allow uniformed, formed bodies of homosexual members to march with those who insult Christianity publicly.

I note that this is hypocritical, immoral and unjust.

I note that logically this means the ADF has a hierarchy of members and that homosexual and Islamic members have more right to be offended than Catholics.

I note that our soldiers can die fighting an enemy who acts to a large degree, if not entirely, on the basis of Islamic beliefs.

Yet I note that I cannot link the Islamic religion with the actions of the enemy we fight.

I note that this means the enemy’s ideology is more sacred than mine, because it places Islam in a protected category above question, while Catholicism is freely allowed to be denigrated and rejected.

I note that I cannot question the merits of Islamic immigration, even while we fight those who act on Islamic beliefs.

And I also note that I can be investigated for racism for discussing Islam. I note that if the ADF believes that Islam is a race then it has gone to war without understanding who the enemy is.

I note that I cannot question the merits of front-line combat roles for women.

I note that I cannot raise the possibility that this will result in greater tension in family lives, greater risk of sexual misconduct and greater risk of battlefield pregnancy and abortion.

And I note that it is totally unacceptable to question how women, who cannot compete against men on the sporting field, will do so on the battlefield, the ultimate physical endeavour.

I note that I cannot question the merits of taxpayer funded sex-change operations. Nor can I question why men who believe themselves to be lesbian can have access to female change rooms and showers.

I note that the Army can charge me for disobeying a lawful command. I note that when I question the legality of the command, I can be told that it was not unlawful because no command was given. And I note that despite this finding, charges against me can still proceed.

I note that I can be told that I have not had my rights to engage in political debate curtailed because I am entitled to an opinion. But I also note that because I express my opinion I can be charged and administratively discharged from service.

I note that while training as an officer at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, I was taught that moral courage was as important as physical courage and often more difficult to attain.

I note, despite this emphasis on moral courage, that Defence leadership no longer supports it and cannot identify it in subordinates, presumably due to a collective lack of the virtue within the senior hierarchy.

I note that these contradictions are hypocritical and unjust.

Finally, I note that while they remain in place, I will not be allowed to continue serving in the ADF.

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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