The Australian Government and the Minister for Defence have decided to stand by the Australian Defence Force Imam who has revealed his support for the Islamic extremist organisation Hizb ul-Tahrir. The news was revealed by 2GB as it interviewed Australian Conservative Senator Cory Bernardi who questioned Minister for Defence Marise Payne regarding the comments made by Sheikh Mohamadu Nawaz Saleem.
Senator Bernardi asked the Minister whether she will “agree that Sheikh Salim’s views and beliefs are wholly incompatible with those of the Australian defence force”, to which Marise Payne replied as “We of course support his right to express his views but we don’t always agree with them”.
Our government now supports the right for an extremist Muslim to vocally support an Islamic organisation that supports ISIS, supports the murder of ex-Muslims, believes honour killings are moral, and want to contribute to the establishment of an international Islamic caliphate (a goal it shares with ISIS). It also supports the physical abuse of women, but you don’t see feminists protesting against that.
The Minister seems to be under the impression that it’s sufficient for her to simply state that “I don’t necessarily agree with” the the Imam’s views, and continue to have him employed as the Islamic member of Religious Advisory Committee to the Defence Force.
She also stressed that the Imam is not an official Imam for the Defence Force, but merely an advisor, as if to downplay his views. His exact title is beside the point, what matters is the fact that our defence force is employing an extremist Imam, who is remunerated by our taxpayer money.
Imam Saleem previously criticised former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s efforts “‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on Islamic groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir who disavow and have never supported terrorist acts, and whose only ‘crime’ has been to criticise the Abbott Government’s stance towards Muslims domestically and abroad…”
Senator Bernardi also brought up the fact that “there is a hypocrisy at work” regarding Bernard Gaynor’s sacking from the defence force for making “offensive and divisive” comments regarding the army’s new LGBT direction. It’s apparently ok to remove a staunch Catholic for his views, but not an Islamic Imam for supporting a terrorist organisation.
No one should be able to justify the continued employment of an extremist terrorist-sympathiser in the defence force who receives over $700 each day he works for the organisation. We will keep you up to date regarding this disgraceful issue that shows just how much political correctness and leftist tactics have degenerated our institutions.