Skip to comments.Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism Labeled 'Extremist' in Army Presentation (Along with KKK)
Posted on 04/06/2013 8:13:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes "Evangelical Christianity" and "Catholicism" as examples of "religious extremism," according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, who shared a copy of the documents with The Christian Post.
"The number of hate groups, extremists and anti‐govt organizations in the U.S. has continued to grow over the past three years, according to reports by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They increased to 1,018 in 2011, up from 1,002 in 2010 and 602 in 2000," reads the first page of the slide presentation labeled "Extremism & Extremist Organizations."
Listed alongside "extremist" groups and organizations like the Klu Klux Klan and al-Qaida, the U.S. Army slideshow has "Evangelical Christianity" as the first bullet, followed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and farther down on the slide, Catholicism.
According to the training documents, "Extremism is a complex phenomenon" that is present in every religion due to "some followers that believe that their beliefs, customs and traditions are the only 'right way' and that all others are practicing their faith the 'wrong way,' seeing and believing that their faith/religion superior to all others."
"Men and women of faith who have served the Army faithfully for centuries shouldn't be likened to those who have regularly threatened the peace and security of the United States," retired Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said in a statement that included a link to controversial Power Point presentation. Crews reportedly was alerted to the training material by a concerned soldier.
There are no dates on the slides to indicate when the training might have been presented to soldiers, but the Army Chief of Chaplains office has said that the training was an isolated incident and the slides were not sanctioned by the U.S. Army Department. A separate Army spokesman told the Navy Times that the materials were presented last year to soldiers and once discovered, were discarded.
"The archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist," the Archdiocese for the Military Services said in a statement, as reported by World Magazine. Roman Catholics make up 20 percent of active-duty members of the military, while other faith groups and denominations, such as Muslims, Buddhists and Southern Baptists, are less than 2 percent of the U.S. military.
"It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization. It also appears that some military entities are using definitions of 'hate' and 'extreme' from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations. That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military," added Col. Crews.
One "anti-Christian political organization" in question is the Southern Poverty Law Center, cited as a source in the training documents. The SPLC has drawn criticism from conservatives over its designation of faith-based organizations as "hate groups," such as the case with nonprofit, pro-family organization the Family Research Council. On its current list of 1,007 "known hate groups operating across the country," the SPLC cites the Washington, D.C.-based group as "anti-gay" due to its biblical views on marriage and sexuality.
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This is NOT going to end well, those extremists in Christ well indeed the others not so much
Just wow. I haven’t heard of an instance of Evangelical Christians or Latterday Saints shooting up crowds, cutting of heads, launching unguided rockets into civilian populations, or strapping bombs onto themselves and blowing up innocent bystanders.
Is this a Chuck Hagel missive?
why have any faith if you don’t believe it’s the right one? that’s moronic otherwise.
...and they wonder why enlistment is down.
RE: I havent heard of an instance of Evangelical Christians or Latterday Saints shooting up crowds, cutting of heads, launching unguided rockets into civilian populations,
But of course you have heard of Evangelical Christians Or Mormons or Catholics being against the homosexual lifestyle and gay marriage. *THAT* is apparently extremism nowadays.
“A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism,” according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, who shared a copy of the documents with The Christian Post.”
I suspect that Satan would agree w/ the training brief as well.
God help us...what is happening to our country....
Religious Extremists = You actually believe.
Certainly all of us who adhere to any of the traditional forms of any of the Abrahamic religions would not adhere to our faith if we did not believe it to be the truth. (We Orthodox Christians, for instance, sing "we have found the True Faith, worshipping the undivided Trinity" at the end of every Liturgy.) However, adherents of syncretistic religions like Hinduism or Unitarian Universalism, have the odd (to my mind indefensible) view that "all religions are ways to God" or "all religions are true", and seemingly adhere to their chosen faith as a matter of taste or aesthetics.
Personally, I'm offended they didn't mention the Orthodox Church as an extremist group. I think we're much more extreme than any of the Western variants of Christianity.
You’ll get your turn in the can but for the moment THEY, and we do know who THEY are, don’t know about the Orthodox.
Well, how about a few others whose way is the only right way?
Democrat Senators (you can add rinos)
Mayors doomberg & Rahm
> God help us...what is happening to our country...
It is disintegrating at many levels.
Imagine what our future ARMY veterans will be like.
Islamophobia is a form of religious extremism. Anti-Christianity is not. Check.
White supremacist groups are Christian. Not atheist, not neo-Norse pagans. Check.
When I go to Mass tomorrow I’ll be funding extremism. Check. Perhaps cash. Less traceable.