Friday, April 05, 2013

Well, this is totally reassuring if you are a Catholic or Evangelical Christian - 

U.S. Army EEOC briefing paper identifies Catholicism and Evangelical Christianity as examples of "religious

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.//

Here is the link to the Army Reserve EEOC briefing paper.

Check it out.



John Kasaian said...

Soldiers are prohibited from the following actions in support of Extremist Organizations or Activities
-participating in a public demonstration or rally
Attending a meeting or activity with knowledge that the meeting or activity involves and extremist cause
Fund Raising Activities
Recruiting or training members
Creating, organizing, or taking a visible leadership role in such an organization
Distributing literature on or off a military installation"

Since Evangelical Christianity and Catholics, and Mormons are labelled Extreme (which they do on slide 24) that means the army can prohibit any evangelical, mormon or Catholic from participating in a chapel service or a bible study. The second to last point about being unable to take a visible leadership role means no more Chaplains.


Peter Bradley said...


Good catch.

Also, note that it wasn't all Mormons; it was only the fundamentalist Mormons - and they misspell "Mormon."

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But taking pills to thwart pregnancy, killing your offspring if you do become pregnant, and smothering your ailing parents and relatives don't fall under the "extremist" category--those wares couldn't be peddled to Ted Bundy.

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