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Army Reserve training material lists Catholics, evangelical Christians and some Jews in ‘religious extremism’ category along with the KKK, Hamas and Al Qaeda

Daily Mail – by DAVID MARTOSKO

A slideshow presentation shown to US Army Reserve recruits classifies Christians, including both evangelicals and Roman Catholics, as religious extremists, placing them in the same category as skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, Hamas and Al Qaeda.

The presentation also warned that members of the military are prohibited from taking leadership roles in any organization the Pentagon considers ‘extremist,’ and from distributing the organization’s literature, whether on or off a military installation.  

The opening slide warns that ‘the rise in hate crimes and extremism outside the military may be an indication of internal issues all [armed] services will have to face.’

Citing a Southern Poverty Law Center report as evidence that extremism is on the rise, the Army Reserve presentation blames ‘the superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories,the changing racial make-up of America and the prospect of 4 more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.’

RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM: These groups were all lumped together in a slideshow for US Army Reserve recruits RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM: These groups were all lumped together in a slideshow for US Army Reserve recruits
EXTREMIST ORGANIZATIONS: The presentation described groups like the religious organizations as advocating force, violence or extremist causesEXTREMIST ORGANIZATIONS: The presentation described groups like the religious organizations as advocating force, violence or extremist causes
Presenters were instructed to tel recruits that soldiers may not take leadership positions in any group the military considers 'extremist'Presenters were instructed in accompanying notes to read this slide in its entirety. It warns that soldiers may not take leadership positions in any group the military considers ‘extremist’ in nature, nor may they distribute their literature

Later in the slideshow is a list of groups that exemplify ‘religious extremism.’

Included are ‘evangelical Christianity,’ ‘Catholicism,’ ‘Ultra-Orthodox’ Judaism, and ‘Islamophobia.’

Most of the list is populated by more widely accepted examples of religious extremist groups, including Al Qaeda, Sunni Muslims, Hamas, and the Ku Klux Klan.

‘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.

‘It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.

Pope Francis waved to crowds as he arrived at his inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 19, 2013
Ku Klux Klan members rallied in Memphis, Tennessee on March 30, 2013, protesting the renaming of three public parks

Are Catholic clergy like Pope Francis (L) and racist Klan wizards in the same boat? An Army Reserve training presentation described both groups as examples of ‘religious extremism.’

Crews also took a shot at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

‘It also appears that some military entities are using definitions of “hate” and “extreme” from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations,’ he added. ‘That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military.’

He noted that the Army Chief of Chaplains has investigated the presentation and determined that it was ‘an isolated incident not condoned by the Department of the Army.’

The Army Reserve presentation defines religious extremism as ‘beliefs, attitudes, feelings, actions, or strategies of a character far removed from the “ordinary.”‘

It concedes that ‘ordinary’ is a subjective term, but condemns religious Americans ‘who 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 [is] superior to all others.’

The late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was photographed in Afghanistan years before his death at the hands of a US Navy SEAL team
Followers of the worldwide Lubavitch movement included the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, praised by both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

SPOT THE RELIGIOUS EXTREMIST: The ultra-orthodox Lubavitch jew (R) or the late Osama bin Laden? Trick question: the Army Reserve includes both men’s religious movements

Many Christians and Jews, the presentation suggests, fit into that category, making them as objectionable as Muslim terrorists.

The U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services said it ‘is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist.’

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

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304739/Army-Reserve-training-material-lists-Catholics-evangelical-Christians-Jews-religious-extremism-category-KKK-Hamas-Al-Qaeda.html#ixzz2PxqcGW00
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5 Responses to Army Reserve training material lists Catholics, evangelical Christians and some Jews in ‘religious extremism’ category along with the KKK, Hamas and Al Qaeda

  1. Edwin Vieira, Jr. says:

    This is an pretty clear harbinger of what “they” really intend, which is installation of the full Nazi/Communist program aimed at elimination of all traditional religion. For example, the slide-show identifies “CATHOLICISM (U.S./CHRISTIAN)” as “religious extremism”. Then the list of “PROHIBITIONS” from “actions in support of Extremist Organizations or Activities” includes “Participating in a Public Demonstration” and “Attending a Meeting or Activity”. Well, that includes participation in a Catholic Mass or other service, all of which are “public demonstrations” of religious belief and practice, and “meetings” or “activities” for those purposes. And if, in addition to mere attendance, one puts money into the collection basket, or serves as a lector or acolyte, he is in violation of the prohibitions on “Fund Raising Activities” and “Taking a Visible Leadership Role”. Thus, the Army Reserve is basically proposing to ban the practice of Catholicism for its members. The same analysis applies to Evangelican Christianity, and to what the slide-show calls “ultra-orthodox” Judaism. Apparently, Martin Bormann escaped from Berlin in 1945, and is alive, well, and active somewhere within the planning and propaganda echelons of the Army Reserve. And Americans sometimes wonder why the Founding Fathers had a deep-seated dread of “standing armies”?!

    • Smilardog says:

      @ Edwin Vieira, Jr.

      Would you be interested in being a guest on The Hagmann and Hagmann Report? I have discussed with them about having you on their show before and they very much would like to have you as a guest, but we have not been able to find and contact email address for you.

  2. Jolly Roger says:

    Jews were added to the list here in an attempt to hide the Jewish conspiracy, and also because the “Ultra-Orthodox” Jews mentioned are Torah-observant Jews rather than Talmudic Jews. The difference is that the Torah observers see the state of Israel as an insult to their God, and want no part of it, and the Talmudic Jews are the Zionist bastards who are trying to kill us all.

    There are two very different paths to this religion, and some Jews are actually on our side..kind of.
    You can see them here: http://nkusa.org/

    It’s important to know this distinction because when you say “all Jews” or “the Jews” are the problem, you’re actually helping the Zionists.

  3. NC says:

    Yea it kinda amazes me that they put Jews on the list. Good point though, JR.

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