Army Reservist terminated over religious conflict

Bernard Gaynor

On his last day as Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley signed a document terminating the commission of Army Reserve Major Bernard Gaynor, allegedly over a conflict relating to the Major's Catholic beliefs.

In a media statement yesterday, Mr Gaynor said he came under the fire of Defence hierarchy after objecting to uniformed ADF involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He also lodged several complaints internally with Defence highlighting that lawful orders prohibit uniformed attendance at political events and religious vilification.

The statement said that General Hurley states that Mr Gaynor's commission is being terminated because the manner in which he expressed his Catholic beliefs was inconsistent with the standards required of Defence members.

Mr Gaynor now says that he is looking at taking legal action. 'I am currently receiving legal advice and I can tell you that this battle may have been lost, but the war is not over,' Mr Gaynor said.

'The termination letter from General Hurley is an admission that a Defence investigation has found that he allowed ADF members to participate in an event that vilified Christianity.'

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Defence terminates Major Bernard Gaynor (bernardgaynor.com.au)

Christian army officer Bernie Gaynor pays the price for marching out of step with top generals (SMH)

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