SHOCK: ARMY INSTRUCTOR LABELS CATHOLICS, EVANGELICALS, MORMONS AND JEWS ‘RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS’

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Only in Obama’s world, where the truth about Islam and Jihad is banned, could such an outrageous insult to mainstream, peaceful religions be permitted by a US Army training instructor.

During the course of an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism, Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, ultra Orthodox Jews, and the Church of Latter Day Saints were listed among Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims, and Nation of Islam as examples of religious extremism. Oddly enough, “Islamophobia”  was also listed as a form of religious extremism, and the Westboro Baptist Church was excluded altogether by the instructor who apparently got her information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Stating the obvious, Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said, “it is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

Via Todd Starnes of Fox News:

Army spokesman George Wright told Fox News that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.” 

“This slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” he said. “It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.”
Wright said after the complaint was lodged, the presenter deleted the slide, and apologized.

“We consider the matter closed,” he said.

The incident was made public by a soldier who attended the briefing. He asked for copies of the presentation and sent them to the Chaplain Alliance.

“He considers himself an evangelical Christian and did not appreciate being classified with terrorists,” Crews told Fox News. “There was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”

The Archdiocese for the Military Services was shocked to learn that the Army considered Catholicism to be an example of extremism on a par with groups like Hamas and al Qaeda.

“The Archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist,” the Archdiocese said in a statement.

They want the Dept. of Defense to “ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”

“In the notes it was clearly stated that the presenter was not a subject matter expert, and produced material after conducting Internet research, Wright said.

So if the presenter was not an expert, what were they doing presenting the material, Crews asked. 

He said he had a chance to speak with the officer who was conducting the meeting, and she told him that she got her information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Case closed?

No, I don’t think the matter should be considered closed until every soldier who attended that training brief receives new, corrected instruction, and the officer who conducted the defamatory, bigoted briefing is demoted.
Crew told Fox News that in the future, the military should consult with chaplains about matters involving religion.

 

16 thoughts on “SHOCK: ARMY INSTRUCTOR LABELS CATHOLICS, EVANGELICALS, MORMONS AND JEWS ‘RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS’

  1. “We consider the matter closed,” he said.

    Yeah, right. It will be closed until the next time a Catholic, evangelical, Mormon or other “mainstream” sect of Christians overruns a hamlet and beheads everyone that doesn’t immediately convert, as happens in certain middle east countries run by the “religion of peace,” or the next time one of those Christian “soldiers” walks onto a military base and kills a couple of dozen unarmed military personnel, screaming “Glory to God” as he murders them.

    Happens all the time, ya know. It’s just that such incidents are so routinely covered up by a media conspiracy bent on protecting Christianity that we never hear about them, right?

    I cannot understand, cannot wrap my mind around why, since the black and Hispanic communities are so overwhelmingly traditional Christian, they would continue to vote into office people whose primary objective in office is to rid the landscape of the religion the people deem precious enough to claim.

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  2. I encourage laity and clergy to write and make their voice known to the Army Chief of Staff and the Chief of the Army Reserve:

    General Raymond Odierno
    Chief of Staff, United States Army
    200 Army Pentagon

    Washington, DC 20310-0200

    Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley
    Chief, United States Army Reserve
    2400 Army Pentagon
    Washington, D.C., 20310-2400

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  3. If the people in Frank’s comment are contacted, it may be a good idea to remind them that they are sworn to uphold a Constitution which, among other things, protects the right to worship as one pleases, and until evidence, real evidence, is submitted that shows that Christians and Jews are terrorist organizations and listed so for reason by the United States government instead of some criminal instructor, they probably should encourage similar instructors to not violate said Constitution by trying to inhibit the free exercise of rights specified in it.

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