(Original story at The Sydney Morning Herald here.)
The story this time is about an Australian soldier who created a hate page promoting violence against gays.
Depending on what country we are talking about, homosexuality is either tolerated, none of anyone else’s business, or criminal.
In the United States military, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy tolerates homosexuality. In the Singapore Armed Forces, due to some archaic rules, homosexuality, while not criminal, renders a soldier unfit for combat duty. It seems like Australia’s military takes a none-of-our-business stance on homosexuality among its soldiers.
So why would that ex-soldier create a hate page against gays? Did he not understand that in the military, camaraderie and teamwork are of utmost importance and that his act is tantamount to creating tension and strife among his fellow soldiers? Did he not get that creating division based on something that the Australian government does not care about will not win him any sympathy or a promotion?
Creator of homosexual ‘hate page’ charged
May 5, 2011
A former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been charged with allegedly threatening a senior army officer and creating a Facebook “hate page”.
A 32-year-old Kareela man was arrested at Surry Hills Police Station, in Sydney, on Thursday morning and charged with a number of offences.
On March 10, 2010, a major attached to the Australian army allegedly received email threats relating to his sexuality.Sydney detectives launched an investigation and discovered a “hate page” on the social networking site that encouraged violence against homosexuals.
The page also named a number of ADF employees in an attempt to out them as homosexuals.
The Kareela man has been charged in relation to both the alleged threats against the major and the alleged creation of the Facebook page.
He will face court on one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence and one count of using a carriage service to threaten.
He has been granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on June 3.