Australian Military Brings Charges Against Reserve Officer for Criticizing Islam

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The first rule of Mass Muslim Immigration Club is no one talks about it. The second rule is that if they do talk about it, they are subjected to legal action.

Former Katter Australian Party senate candidate Bernard Gaynor claims he has been charged by the Australian Defence Force over comments he made about Muslim immigration and terrorism.

Mr Gaynor, an Army Reserve Intelligence Officer, has posted a series of blogs arguing Islam immigration should be limited and in the wake of the Boston bombings re-aired his views.

He said he was charged on Monday by the ADF for bringing the organisation into disrepute and responded by saying it was proof political correctness was hampering the ADF’s ability to fight against Islamic violence.

“It is outrageous that the Australian Defence Force is charging me for discussing Islam,” he said in a statement.

His latest blog about limiting Muslim immigration is titled “ASIO concern highlights need for immigration debate” and was posted in the wake of the Boston bombings.

“As I’ve written a number of times before, Australians urgently need to debate the pros and cons of continued Islamic immigration,” he wrote in the post.

“News that ASIO is concerned that hundreds of Muslim Australians have gone to Syria to fight with radical Islamist groups highlights that this debate must be had.

“In my opinion, it is easier to keep the chilli powder in the can than trying to pick it out of the flour once it is dropped in.”

Mr Gaynor said there was a logical inconsistency between fighting a war against people who espouse violent Islamic beliefs in Afghanistan while having an immigration policy which allows Muslims to settle in Australia.

Gaynor, a conservative Christian, who some see as the Australian version of Rick Santorum, was charged even though an internal ADF investigation found no basis for action. According to Gaynor’s blog, the hearing has since been postponed.

Some of the points Gaynor made in his article dealt with the scale of commitment by Muslim settlers in Australia to Jihadist wars.

The Islamic community is sending its sons off to fight a war and support an enemy that has an ideology not much different than the Taliban’s. And their participation rate in this conflict is much higher, on a demographic basis, than Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Australia has an Islamic population of about 476,000 people. If just 100 of them are fighting in Syria, it would be equivalent to the Australian community deploying 4,800 soldiers in Afghanistan.  But there are only about 1550 Australian Diggers in Afghanistan.

If there are 200 Australian Muslims fighting in Syria it would be equivalent to sending a third of the Australian Army overseas.

Remember, these people are not fighting in the Australian uniform or under the Australian flag. They are supporting groups that are violently opposed to Australia’s way of life. And one day they will come home, bringing with them all their military experience and ideological beliefs.

 

  • Malcolm

    It is a general rule that, although you have freedom of speech, if you identify yourself as a member of a specific organisation, then your opinion is likely to be attributed to that organisation, and they are entitled to react to it.
    This being said, I have just read Mr Gaynor's blog, and nowhere – either in the relevant post or elsewhere – does he identify himself as a current member of the Army Reserve. The ADF cannot complain that he has brought them into disrepute.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "..and they are entitled to react to it. "

      No. No "reaction" allowed.

      Or how about limiting that reaction to those that are respectful of the customs and laws of the sovereign?

      "The ADF cannot complain that he has brought them into disrepute."

      No kidding?

    • clifford Trudeau

      Lets face it. It is a good thing to allow some immigration as it is justified on occasions. However the proliferation of Mosque's and hate mongering given to Immigrants by local islamic Leaders should be an immediate concer which should be dealt with.
      First inclination of adversness should be the complete removal of the mosque. Immediate Deportation of all the leaders of the mosque's.
      Summary Execution of any leader effusing hatred,bombing or killing of ANY Austrailian Citizen.
      Stop all Muslim Immigration period.
      No Aid to ANY Islamic Nation period as they concider Austrailian's infidel's as they hate the English.

  • truebearing

    Yet another suicidal Western nation…..what the hell is wrong with people of European descent? It is hard to tell which has failed more thoroughly, our survival instinct or ability to think rationally.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    This IS the beginning and the end of it – a nation becomes dhimmified when "Islamophobia" http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/06/islamophobia-

    becomes the rule, the "norm". Hence, America is more than on the same trajectory – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/20/western-dhimm
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/05/u-s-movie-mak

    Sach ha'kol, at the end of it all, if the people are CONDITIONED to stay mute in the face of barbarism, then the west is history.And when the leader of the heretofore free world can't utter terror and Islam in the same breath, then all is lost. The crisis of our times.

    Simple as that.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    They may act against him.

    But they can't say he was actually wrong.

  • Cindy

    This is the strategy of Islam…..mass immigration into a country, no assimilation into society, once you have a decent sized population in said country, start pushing Sharia Law and the whole Islamic agenda and begin killing through terrorism and eventually, through the democratic process, will elect their leaders to government and take over the country.

  • Clive

    Part of the problem, I think, is that Western nations have become so 'de-religionised' that they fail to understand the religious drive behind 'islamists' and therefore cannot comprehend it. All I can say is, I understand the Crusaders. *They* understood the power of religion.

  • Brujo Blanco

    There is a saying if one does not acknowledge that there is a then there is no problem. Muslims exist and many engage in support of terrorism. Many Muslims will not oppose terrorism. One thing the Islamists are skilled at is using non believer governmental agencies and systems to fight their battles.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Bernard Gaynor is being attacked because he is politically viable, I think it is just that simple
    and leftists must protect thier favorite pet scorpions. They are going under down under for
    sure if they can do this to one of thier citizens, big brother may have his way but Australians
    must get to the bottom of this supression and root it out or face failure as a society.
    I was thinking of the outback being not much different than other places rag heads live.
    Why would Austrailia invite severe trouble into Austrailia, a continuing menace for
    present and future generations, makes no sense, none at all, the devil made them do it.
    William

  • Ar'nun

    The big problem here is that Mr. Gaynor is making sense. And as we are all abundantly aware, Progressives are allergic to common sense.

  • Lan Astaslem

    When will the silly Aussies learn that TRUTH is the new hate speech?.