Rear Admiral lashes out at ‘hateful’ comments as navy looks to drop ‘seaman’

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The Royal Canadian Navy’s deputy commander has responded to a series of online posts criticizing the military’s plan to drop the term “seaman” by warning that there is no place in the force for sailors who subscribe to “hateful, misogynistic and racist” beliefs. Rear Admiral Chris Sutherland issued the admonition in a Facebook post over the weekend as sailors and members of the public are being asked to vote on a new title for the navy’s most junior members by replacing “seaman” with a more gender-neutral term. “To those of you currently serving with these beliefs, I would like to emphatically state you have no place in our navy,” Sutherland said. “If you cannot live by or support the values of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, then you cannot defend them.”