US Army labels Evangelicals, Catholics religious extremists

A U.S. Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania lumped Catholicism and evangelical Christianity along with Hamas and al-Qaida as examples of religious extremism during an equal opportunity training brief.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty disagrees.

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A religious extremist? Photo credit galatiansfour.blogspot.com

“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said the alliance’s executive director, Ron Crews, Fox News reported. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

Oddly, the Army also listed “Islamophobia” as an example of religious extremism, which, of course, is not a religion, but a fear.

Army spokesman George Wright told Fox News he advised the agency 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.”

The program’s presenter apologized and removed the slide after someone complained.

“We consider the matter closed,” Wright said.

The presentation first came to light by a participant who “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,” Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes wrote.

Given that Catholicism is the world’s oldest form of Christianity, I can well imagine.

extremeists sign“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.

It is calling for the Defense Department to “ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”

It took very little digging to discover that the presenter, not an expert in the subject matter, got her information from an Internet search — primarily from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Why is there such dependence upon the work of the SPLC to determine hate groups and extremist groups?” Crews said. “It 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.”

We used to refer to the future as “a brave new world,” from the title of an Aldous Huxley novel. There’s nothing “brave” about religious bigotry, and there’s nothing “new” about hate and distrust.

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  • Doug Hanks

    And the Mormons get off scot-free!

    • Becky

      Actually, if you look at the picture it has both Mormons and fundamentalist Mormons lumped together.

    • uma

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  • KB Cook

    1st amendment anyone? ANYONE????

    • Travis

      This is not a 1st Amendment issue. This is one person abusing his freedom to characterize certain individuals as terrorists to induce hate. This is criminal and should not be tolerated. And, as a veteran of the army, I have to chuckle a little whenever I hear anyone wanting rights for our soldiers. We have no rights, we are owned by the US of A! =)

  • pardogs

    All these insidious acts within our current government only point to the fact that the perpetuators hope to 'change' the content and character of America forever. The enemy is among us.

  • Kathleen Firth

    My heart skipped a beat when a read this. I am truly fearful now for anyone in this country who expresses a belief in Jesus Christ. The events/actions of this government and their cohorts who are on active duty to discriminate, diminish, eliminate and exterminate any presenceof the Faithful or Followers of Christ, or God are building in frequency and intensity.

    I was myself denied a promotion from a former employer because a supervisor did not like any of us who attended church or believed in God. They vociferous hatred coming from some of these people is red hot, take this threat to liberty and freedom seriously!

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I suggest the author himself is participating in "religious bigotry". The training course cites examples in all religions. All you have to do is look at most religions histories. Catholics with their Inquisition. Church of England with its crusade against the "Papists" Only recently, during the 2008 election period, the Evangelicals determined the Mormons to be a "cult". That was until Romney was close to the nomination. Then, none other than Billy Graham himself endorsed Romney as a good and religious person and gave his seal of approval for his nomination. Most extremists seem to stray from the actual writings of their religions. All stress peace and love, but parts of their followers preach hate and bigotry. This article is an example. The lesson plan should include ALL RELIGIONS. What's FOX like to say? "Fair and Balanced".

    • Joan in SP

      I would suggest that if you have to go back almost 700 years for an example of extremism in the Catholic Church, and over 500 years for an example of Protestant extremism, you didn't inspect the image of that slide very well. Catholics and Protestant groups on the list were followed with the words "(US/Christian.)" Neither of these groups, nor the "Jewish Defense League (US/Judaism)" are in the least bit extreme in their policies or behavior, and certainly do not belong on the same list with Al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.

    • Travis

      Let's face cold hard reality: Anyone who respects the dignity of human life, who upholds traditional values such as marriage and family, who respects our nation's Constitution, are now extremists. Why? Because the actual extremists, those who want to abolish marriage, abort babies, and get away with license in the streets, have a president and a podium to preach from. They must go, or in less than a generation we (God's children) will actually be enemies of the state (the children of men).

    • Travis

      Ted, shouldn't "all religions" also include non-religions? Seeing how atheism in the 20th century killed hundreds of millions through Marxism, Communism, Nazism, Socialism, and liberalism (and other godless forms), and these "Crusades" and infighting between Christians that admittedly killed tens of thousands over a span of centuries pales to compare. I cannot see an argument against believers and for secularism, except maybe since the veil is thicker to hide the atrocities of atheism in the world by spinners of thick wool and denial. In one century, more died by the hands of atheists than in all of human history of religion. In just the last 40 years: 55 million babies in America alone. Over 300 million in China in the same time frame. And I haven't even touched on the millions starved by Mao, slaughtered by Hitler, or pressed by Stalin. Where is the terrorism?

      • http://Bizpac Ted

        The subject of the lecture was religious extremism. Admittedly, the extremists are the fringe nut balls that either don't really follow their own religions (

        Taliban), or the Christian KKK or those that use their religions to follow an agenda (Millionaire Evangelists). The lecture was only a program to show religious extremism and how humans can distort the pure religious message to suit their ends. By the way, the Catholic Church worked with the Italian Fascists. The Germans actually recruited protestant ministers to their cause and the Communists, in the early stages actually worked one religion against the other to get lists of worshipers of the forbidden religions. Sad bunch, all around.

        • Rainouart

          Ted is a bigot, a liar and a hate-monger. Note that the list nowhere mentions "Islam" as a whole, only a few singular instances of it like Al-Qaeda. That distinction and respect was maliciously, treacherously denied to both Catholicism and Evangelical Protestantism, which are condemned wholesale — as typifies the "McCarthyistic" guilt by association which the hate-Left originated while cynically blaming it on Senator McCarthy (who was right about them). Note also: the list was not intended to be an ancient history lesson, but purported to alert Army Reservists to terrorists who pose clear and "present" dangers to the Republic; which makes the inclusion of all Christianity doubly villainous. It's quite clear where this is going — Ted and his ilk are preparing to persecute the objects of their Leftist hate, on the pretext that those whom they intend to terrorize are "terrorists". The Perfect Crime is the name of the Red Fascist game.

        • Rainouart

          MORE PROOF TED IS A LIAR. HE SAYS:

          "The lecture was only a program to show religious extremism and how humans can distort the pure religious message to suit their ends."

          OH, WERE YOU THERE, TED? DID YOU HEAR IT? OR JUST MAKING UP FACTOIDS AS YOU GO ALONG, IN THE USUAL LEFTIST PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL FASHION? IN FACT, ARMY TRAINING IS NOT A UNIVERSITY COURSE IN COMPARATIVE RELIGION, BUT INDOCTRINATION IN CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGERS TO THE COUNTRY.

          By the way, the Catholic Church worked with the Italian Fascists.

          TYPICAL LEFTIST MCCARTHYISM: THE ITALIAN FASCISTS WERE NOWHERE NEAR AS BAD AS THE NAZIS: NOT ONLY DID THEY DISSENT FROM NAZI RACIAL IDEOLOGY IN THEORY, THEY PUT THAT INTO PRACTICE DURING THE WAR BY LOOKING THE OTHER WAY WHILE ITALY — ALONG WITH FRANCO'S SPAIN — BECAME MAJOR CONDUITS OF ESCAPE FOR JEWS AND OTHERS FLEEING EUROPE AND NAZI DEPORTATIONS.

          The Germans actually recruited protestant ministers to their cause

          IN WHAT TIME FRAME, SLICK BABY? MANY OF THE BEST PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD — GANDHI FOR INSTANCE — ADMIRED HITLER IN THE BEGINNING, LONG BEFORE WWII AND THE CAMPS, AS THEY WATCHED HIM REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT IN DEPRESSION-STRICKEN GERMANY FROM 6 MILLION TO 1 MILLION IN THE EARLY-TO-MID 1930s.

          and the Communists, in the early stages actually worked one religion against the other to get lists of worshipers of the forbidden religions.

          DID ANY OF THOSE "RELIGIONS" — IN THE EARLY STAGES — FORESEE WHAT EVIL THE LIKES OF YOU, TED, WOULD ULTIMATELY PERPETRATE? PROBABLY NOT. MOREOVER, WHO GAVE THEM THESE "LISTS" AND WHERE DID THEY GET THEM? IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE INFORMATION ONLY THE TSARIST POLICE WOULD KNOW. EVEN IF ALL THE RELIGIONS WERE IMPLAUSIBLY SPYING ON ONE ANOTHER, IT WOULD ONLY HAVE TAKEN A FEW TREACHEROUS "MOLES" INSIDE THE ECCLESIASTICAL OFFICES TO BETRAY ALL THE OTHER FAITHFUL.

          Sad bunch, all around.

          BUT STILL NOT AS BAD AS A SNAKE LIKE YOU, TED.

      • Seek

        Travis need a short history lesson. Communism's number one enemy always has been private property, not religion. And Nazism, which was decidedly not atheist in character, was racial nationalism taken to an extreme. To speak of Communist and Nazi atrocities as motivated by "atheism" is highly disingenuous and offensive.

        • Rainouart

          Seek's put-on "expertise" is phoney baloney. How did he measure how much Communists hate private property compared to religion? Also, note the devious manipulation: as if claiming private property as his and his fellow devils' "number one enemy" somehow minimizes their blood-thirsty mass-murder of Christians in the name of atheism.

          The same cunning deceitfulness is seen in the fraudulent denial that the Nazis were not atheists on the grounds that they were racial nationalists. Where's the big conflict between atheism and racism or nationalism? In fact they're perfectly compatible: Hitler et al. voiced in private a contempt for Christianity that he never expressed publicly (lest he alienate the German masses).

          Like hate-Leftists generally, with their "more intellectual than thou" self-image, Seek strikes a pose as the Big Know-It-All. But just scratch the surface of his pretensions and you expose him at once as a counterfeit know-nothing and a shifty-minded excuse-maker. He's too stupid to give history lessons to anyone.

          And if that offends him and his fellow mass-murdering atheists, GOOD!

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  • Rich

    Evil wins when good people do nothing. Hang in there.

    • Travis

      Amen to that…. Silence is a choice. And, sitting on the fence means nothing if Satan owns it!

  • Bweez

    Regardless of whether this was an isolated incident… because it was exposed… hopefully, it will end. If it had NOT been exposed, it would have spread. Hopefully, Nipped in the Bud, so to speak.

  • stink

    Im so glad I don't serve in the army anymore…I really did do the right thing by getting out…if that's the kind of soldiers and marines they're churning out now,consider me an enemy.these new generations of soldiers and marines will be our tormentors..not heroes.fuck them,may they all die in the next conflict.

    • plumberskid

      It's not the soldiers (sailors, etc), it's the institution, the beaurocrats and the Pentagon. They are the ones who recently forced soldiers to remove all of the crosses from the chapels on the FOBs, and forbade praying, among other things. This is an example of a smart aleck who thought she'd get a dig in against religion and no one would notice or care. Once she is slapped dsown for it, she may not be so quick to try this stunt again.

  • http://www.wordsmartworks.com pii

    Brave New World banished religion –replacing it with their demigod, Henry Ford. (the novel was published in 1932) With it, they banished all familial connection preferring to decant the new humans from their mass producing factory.