Army chaplains to remove ‘conquer’ from 102-year-old motto because it is offensive to Muslims

In this sign ConquorI have included this in the section Sharia-Apostacy because Apostacy is not just about Mulims leaving the faith. It includes anyone who questions or speaks out against or mocks or offends a Muslim.  One translation of the sacred text is “making mischief”. Any one making mischief against a Muslim is guilty of Apostacy – punishable by death.

Qur’an

Mischief-makers should be murdered, crucified, or dismembered

33. The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement, Qur’an 5:32

THE Australian Army is removing the motto “In this sign conquer” from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims.

The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the ­Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June.

Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913.

A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages.

“The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains is being changed to better reflect the diversity of religion throughout the Australian Army,” she said.

“The new wording on the Australian Army Chaplaincy badge is under consideration and no decision has been made at this time.”

Former army major Bernard Gaynor, whose commission was terminated last year due to his outspoken views, said: “This is political correctness destroying our military heritage.”

Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem.
Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem.

The army imam, Sheik Mohamadu Nawas Saleem, has previously called for sharia law to be introduced into Australia. He signed a petition supporting radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has argued in favour of honour killings and said Muslim students should not be forced to honour Anzac Day.

Sheik Saleem works about 40 days a year for the Army and is paid $717 for each one: almost $30,000 a year.

 

Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.
Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.

 

 

Sheik Saleem was supported for the role by Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, who this week sparked controversy by failing to come straight out and condemn the Paris terror attacks.

The Defence spokeswoman said: “There are 102 ADF permanent members who self-identify as Muslim. In addition there are 40 Active Reservists who have declared as Muslim.’’

 

The announcment caused outrage

Former army major Bernard Gaynor, who is standing as the Australian Liberty Alliance senate candidate in Queensland reaffirmed his position that is was “political correctness destroying our military heritage”

“The Australian Army is changing a hat badge to soothe Islamic sensibilities. That’s foolish appeasement.” he tweeted.

Christian Democrat Party head Fred Nile also took to social media to express his outrage.

“The proposed changes to our Army chaplains motto is outrageous. #JoinCDP to put an end to this politically correct nonsense” he tweeted.

Meanwhile readers flooded the Daily Telegraph website with comments on the controversial move.

More than 700 people have commented on the story on the Daily Telegraph website and more than 1100 have responded to a post on Facebook.

The majority deride the move as political correctness gone wrong.

“Why not give Muslim chaplains their own cap badge as has been done for Jewish chaplains, so each faith has their own insignia?” Gray commented,

“A simple, common sense solution that respects everyone and does not require anyone to sacrifice their heritage.

Peter wrote: “This is Australia! This is our country! These words are from a generation that fought for the freedoms that we enjoy here in Oz. Part of our heritage, Australian Heritage!”

Others called for heads to roll.

“This is seriously concerning.” Brando commented. “I would love to know who actually made this final decision to remove the word. They should both be ashamed of themselves.”

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