Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Your tax dollars at work:
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.
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.’
Nice to know that the Army has people in it who are paranoid as some of the loonier far Left web sites. The resulting furor caused the Pentagon to issue this statement:
An Army spokesperson said the presentation “was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.” The Army removed the offending slide after receiving complaints.
Hogwash. The significance of this time waster presentation, and the Green Machine has always been big on time wasting, turgid presentations to bored troops, is the clear political slant. The officer preparing this assumed that such a slant would be what the higher ups wanted to hear. One should never forget that the careerists in the military always outnumber the heroes, and bashing Christians and Conservatives is the way to attract favorable attention from the Leftist powers that be who currently control the military. The current administration views Christians and Conservatives as the enemy, and too many promotion hungry officers are perfectly willing to fall into step behind whatever banner will advance their career.