The Washington Times reports on the latest Obama administration department to marginalize religious Americans. (H/T Lydia)
The Defense Department came under fire Thursday for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups alongside al Qaeda and theKu Klux Klan.
The presentation detailed a number of extremist threats within the U.S. military, including white supremacist groups, street gangs, and religious sects.
The presentation identified seventeen religious organizations in a slide titled “religious extremism.” They include al Qaeda, Hamas, the Filipino separatist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Ku Klux Klan, which the slide identifies as a Christian organization.
“Religious extremism is not limited to any single religion, ethnic group, or region of the world,” the slide explains, in language that closely resembles the text of a Wikipedia page on “extremism.”
While outfits such as al Qaeda and the KKK are explicitly violent, the presentation also lists Catholicism and evangelical Protestantism as extremist groups.
I noted the careful way that the article refuses to say whether the presenter was a man or a woman. I have an opinion on that.
This isn’t the first time that characterizations of the right like this have been seen in the government, either.
Take a look at this article about FBI training from Life News.
Documents LifeNews.com obtained today reveal the Obama administration partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the main focus of declaring as “violent” the free speech activities of pro-life Americans.
On August 25, 2010, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice co-sponsored a training seminar with Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation.
When information about the seminar, which took place at FBI headquarters in Portland, Oregon, reached pro-life advocates, they asked officials for permission to attend and were granted access to the seminar and the training materials.
FBI and Obama administration officials provided participants with an 84-page document entitled “Resource Guide: Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers” that contained print copies of Power Point presentations prepared by the Justice Department and an analysis of alleged pro-life “violence” prepared by the pro-abortion groups.
The so-called violence perpetrated by pro-life advocates mostly contained examples of constitutionally-protected free speech, including activities such as praying, providing women outside abortion centers with alternatives information, and peaceful protesting or picketing.
That material was prepared by the Obama administration Department of Justice.
And most significant of all, the report by the Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.
[…]The Times reported Tuesday that the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) issued April 7 the nine-page document titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” Outcry from veterans groups, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists followed, but the reaction spread Wednesday to Democratic lawmakers and liberal-leaning groups.
[…]“Rightwing extremism,” the report said in a footnote on Page 2, goes beyond religious and racial hate groups and extends to “those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” said the report, which also listed gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as potential risks.
I am not surprised by this, because there really is no interaction with thoughtful, scholarly Christians throughout the K-12 process in public schools. You have a bunch of unionized education majors teaching children for 13 years. Then those children go off to college, often to non-quantitative departments that indoctrinate rather than teach practical skills. And then they graduate and get unionized jobs in the government – not the private sector. When would they ever be exposed to thoughtful conservative scholarship? Never. And that’s what causes this intolerance – it’s lack of critical thinking and lack of viewpoint diversity. They don’t know any thoughtful Christians, and they don’t care to correct their views by looking for them.
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I’m just curious what difference the gender of the presenter would make? I’m happy to see your reporting is more balanced than the ridiculous meme I saw on Facebook yesterday.
This is troubling, to be sure. But do you think that the actual problem is that “there really is no interaction with thoughtful, scholarly Christians throughout the K-12 process in public schools.” So if they had thoughtful, scholarly Christians to talk to, they’d like us?
Some of them might, but maybe you’re right.
I wonder if the Soviet Union ever nominated Christian groups as terrorist groups?
Christians most certainly are the enemy of this world. [John 15:18]. More proof that Obama and his anti-Christian thugs would not know Christ if He stood before them and had them touch His crucifixion wounds.
It is a sad day when in America, a land where religious freedom is supposedly an inalienable right, Catholics and Evangelicals (two religious groups which preach peace) are being persecuted.
Also, it is ironic that the pro-choice administration labels the peaceful protests of pro-life advocates as “violent” when the pro-lifers are attempting to save the lives of unborn children.
This isn’t really a “left vs. right” issue. R. Catholicism has long been sympathetic with the Democratic Party.
Second, I find it funny in the later part of the piece, that you the call “Right Wing Extremist” “those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”
I’m a Christian who enjoys both Protestant and Catholic writers, (strike 1) I’m a libertarian who enjoys reading about anarcho-capitalism (strike 2). and I believe abortion to be morally wrong and it is taking a life. (strike 3)
So what does that make me? Geesh…
I didn’t call it that, it’s from a DHS report. They wouldn’t like you!
I am. But I’m apparently missing something because no one else seems surprised.
We’ve got it easy…look at what other Christians around the world go through to worship the one true king!