According to pious Christian tradition, it was during the Battle of the Milvian Bridge on Oct. 28, 312 AD that Emperor Constantine saw a Christian cross of light in the sky above the sun with words in Greek “ἐν τούτῳ νίκα” (en toútōi níka) that are generally translated into Latin as In hoc signo vinces (In this sign conquer). Not until roughly 300 years later was the theological belief of Mohammed recognized as the start date of Islam.
Yet the Royal Australian Army Chaplains’ Department is dumping the very same Anglicized Latin phrase that has been the motto adorning their hat badges since 1913. As reported by Oliver Lane of the new media Breitbart.com news service on Nov. 21, 2015, and also by Matthew Benns of Australia’s The Daily Telegraph on Nov. 20, 2015, Padres assigned to the army must remove the motto “In this sign conquer” due to Australian Muslims finding the word “conquer” to be offensive.
Despite the fact that there isn’t a single Muslim chaplain in the Australian Army who would find himself required to wear the offending hat badge, the Diggers are still dumping the motto. Charges and denial of the motto being censored due to Muslim sensitivity of the Christian Crusades During the Middle Ages have been swirling. However, scant attention has been paid to the historical fact that it was the armies of Mohammed that invaded, conquered and colonized the formerly Christian lands of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the region historically known as The Holy Land.
Australia’s Grand Imam has authorized a Muslim cleric to become a member of the Australian forces religious advisory committee, a civilian group not actually part of Australia’s active or reserve forces. That move comes on the heels of the nation’s Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert recently ordering the Aussie Defence Forces to recruit more Muslims.
Of the approximately 100,000 active and reservists presently serving in all branches of the Australian Defence Forces, a meager 98 serve. That equates to Muslims constituting 0.1 percent of their military strength. While the chaplains’ motto is deemed offensive to Muslims due its Christian lineage, Australia may have to dump their national flag, as well.
The canton of the Australian colors incorporates Great Britain’s Union Jack, which features the Cross of Saint Andrew superimposed with the Cross of Saint Patrick, over all the Cross of Saint George. The same Crosses of Sts. Andrew, Patrick and George are also prominent features to the colors of the RAN (Royal Australian Navy and the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force).
The military isn’t alone with adorning their flags with Christian symbols. A number of Aussie governmental and NGOs, such as the Australian Border Force and the Australasian Olympic Team, also use the offending Union Jack. Christian symbols are also prominently used on every state flag as well as on most major Australian cities, such as Melbourne and Sydney, who prominently display the Cross of St. George.