“Army chaplains to remove ‘conquer’ from 102-year-old motto because it is offensive to Muslims,” Daily Telegraph, November 20, 2015:
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.
Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed. Picture: Richard Dobson
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.” Read more