Apr 23 2013
AUSTRALIA: Army Reserve Intelligence Officer charged by the Australian Defence Force for criticizing Muslim immigration and terrorism
Bernard 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 organization into disrepute and responded by saying it was proof political correctness was hampering the ADF’s ability to fight against Islamic violence.
Sheikyermami (h/t Alastair M) “It is outrageous that the Australian Defence Force is charging me for discussing Islam,” he said in a statement. “In the last week, ASIO has confirmed hundreds of Muslim Australians are joining violent Islamic groups in Syria and a radical Australian Islamic cleric has been linked to the Boston bombers.
“Yet the Australian Defence Force is sending a message that intelligence officers cannot discuss Islam in any way, shape or form, unless they pass judgment that it is a nice, peaceful religion. “How the hell are you supposed to have an objective view of Islam if you are not allowed to examine links between Islamic beliefs and terrorist activity?”
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.
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.
In a series of statements posted to Twitter last week Mr Gaynor said “There is no doubt that Islam drives some to commit violent atrocities”.