The Australian government has a serious problem on its hands.
Earlier this year, in a moment of politically correct stupidity, it appointed Mohammadu Nawas Saleem to be the first imam of the Australian Defence Force.
Now Saleem gets paid $717 every working day, plus travel allowances, to advise the government about how it can recruit more soldiers from the Islamic community.
To begin to understand the depths of irresponsibility behind this decision, ponder this fact: the Islamic community has more of its sons fighting for the Islamic State than in the Australian military.
And now the government wants to specifically increase recruitment from this radicalised minority into our Defence Force.
Just so you know, Caner Temel was an AWOL Australian soldier when he died fighting for the Islamic State. French soldiers, including members of elite French units, have deserted to fight for the Islamic State. And Major Nadal Hasan had even been brought to the attention of counter-terrorism ‘experts’ before he gunned down 13 of his US Army colleagues and wounded over 30 others. A fear of being labelled Islamophobic meant Hasan was not questioned, even after he was found to be writing to the spiritual advisors of the 9/11 terrorists. Even after his business cards announced that he was a Soldier of Allah.
Now Hasan has requested from jail that he be classed as a citizen of the Islamic State.
Knowing all of this, the federal government has still decided to embark on a campaign to recruit members of the Islamic community into the Australian Defence Force. It called this ‘capability through diversity’. And that wasn’t a Labor government. It was a Liberal government. It was even led by Tony Abbott.
To achieve this task, it appointed Mohammadu Nawas Saleem to the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services. And it did so, despite obvious causes for concern.
- In 2012, Saleem called for Sharia law to be implemented in Australia, arguing that aspects of Islamic law should be included in the court system.
- Earlier this year, Saleem put his name to an open letter defending Hizb ut Tahrir. This is the same Hizb ut Tahrir that has called for an Islamic army to impose Sharia law in Australia and that has rejected our anthem and flag, our laws and values. This is the same Hizb ut Tahrir that also announced Muslims were forbidden from participating in Anzac Day, stating last year that:
“Further, from the Muslim perspective, the Gallipoli campaign represents an aggression by allied troops against the legitimate Islamic authority of the time, the Uthmani Khilafah. If we were to commemorate anything, it would be the successful defence of Muslim territories by the Muslim soldiers of the Khilafah.”
- Saleem is the Treasurer of the Australian National Imams Council. This organisation opposed laws prohibiting the advocation of terrorism, with a written submission to the Senate stating:
“It is our understanding that the new laws will broaden the definition of “advocating” terrorism to include “promote” and “encourage”, as well as “counsel” and “urge”; and if an organisation is deemed to have advocated terrorism, they could be proscribed…
…We are therefore concerned that the proposal has serious implications on free speech and will have a chilling effect on legitimate religious and political debate. This provision is of particular concern to preachers who spend a large proportion of their time teaching and advocating on social justice issues.
We recommend that the provision for advocating terrorism be removed.”
- This same organisation, backed by Saleem, has also condemned the government for providing support to Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State. This is from a press release published just a few months before Saleem was appointed to a key role in the military:
“ANIC opposes the government’s current decision to transport and provide weapons to the Kurdish forces in Iraq.”
Despite all of this publicly available information, the Liberal government went ahead and appointed Saleem as the first Defence imam. One can only be left wondering why. Is it because there was no one else to be found who was more ‘moderate’?
After all that has happened in the last few days, it is clear the West is slowly rising from its stupor. At least one can only hope that this is happening, but when the socialist President of France is prepared to declare ‘war’ it appears that the world has shifted.
Unless Australia wants a repeat of Paris here too, it must shift as well. It must end the political correctness – the same political correctness that saw the Australian Defence Force put its logo on a report last year claiming that the number of Anglo-Australian males in the military was undesirable – and it must ensure our safety.
Mohammadu Nawas Saleem may not support the Islamic State.
But he is a key figure in an organisation that denounces Australia’s military efforts against the Islamic State and that believes laws prohibiting the advocation of terrorism infringe free speech.
He has called for Sharia law.
And he publicly backs an organisation that condemns Anzac Day as an attack on the caliphate.
As such, it is beyond inappropriate for Saleem to have any official role with the Australian Defence Force.
More importantly, he should have no role at all helping the government to recruit Defence personnel. The fact that he has is cause for concern. If nothing else, it undermines confidence in the ability of the Australian Defence Force to protect this nation from the Islamist threat.
Mohammadu Nawas Saleem must go.
The Liberal government must also acknowledge that it has made an embarrassing mistake with our national security. Unless it does this, there can be no doubt that it is not serious about protecting Australia from the deadly threat that we face. It will also fail to show loyalty to the thousands of patriotic Australians who put their lives on the line for this country, and who do so believing the government has their back.
This information has been passed to the media. To read the press release issued by the Australian Liberty Alliance, click here.