Saturday, April 06, 2013

Army Reserve: Catholics And Evangelical Christians Examples of Religious "Extremism"

This country has gone way beyond frightening. Yes, the term frightening wouldn't even come close to touching it.

For starters, let's look at the press release from the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA:

AMS Calls on U.S. Defense Department to Review Army Reserve Training Material for Anti-Religious Content

Concern raised by brief citing Catholicism as example of “religious extremism”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) issued the following statement today on the mischaracterization of “Catholicism” as an example of “religious extremism” on slide #24 of this U.S. Army Reserve training brief:


The Archdiocese for the Military Services and Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty recently became aware of a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief that expressly listed “Catholicism,” “Evangelical Christianity” and other religious groups as examples of “religious extremism” alongside groups such as “Al Qaeda”, “Hamas” and the “KKK.”

The Archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist.
According to an investigation and reply from the Army Chief of Chaplains office, the training in question appears to have been an isolated incident not condoned by the Department of the Army. The Archdiocese and the Chaplain Alliance explained that the Army can and should take steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

The Archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that tax-payer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.

So, the Army Reserve has determined that Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and other mainstream religious groups are “extremists”, all a definition they got, according to The Daily Mail, from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that the extremism may lie entirely within the Army and the SPLC.

Speaking of The Daily Mail, Lisa Graas over at Catholic Bandita has an excellent post on this topic, and she also has a link to The Daily Mail that shows some images of the slides in question from the Army reserve training. Her post is called : “Army Training Slideshow Includes Catholics, Evangelicals, Some Jews as ‘Religious Extremism’”. Go over there and give it a read, as well as an excellent post also from Father Z called “Obama Admin in Army Reserve brief lumps Catholicism in with Al Qaeda, Hamas, KKK”.

As one "extremist" to another, I think the SPLC and the Army have zero credibility in their assertions.


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