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April 5, 2013 - 8:34 am
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The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services is raising questions about an official US Army Reserve Equal Opportunity presentation on “Extremism and Extremist Organizations.” Have a look at page 10 of the 33 page briefing.

The slide is about “neo-Nazi” and other militia groups. The photo in the corner, though, is a photo of members of MS-13, a notorious and violent gang engaged in the cross-border drug and human smuggling trade. The best that can be said about a photo of a gang accompanying material about militias, which tend to be insular and seldom engage in international drug operations, is that it’s evidence of very sloppy scholarship.

But this particular presentation gets worse. Have a look at its loose definition of “supremacist” on page 7.

By that definition, every American who adheres to the Constitution, and every Christian who takes Jesus’ words literally that He is “the way, the truth and the life,” is a “supremacist.” In fact, the definition is so loose that it ends up meaning nothing at all. If you believe any one thing is superior to all others — “Whitesnake is the best band ever!” — you’re a “supremacist.”

The US Army Reserve presentation on supremacy and extremism paints a vast number of American Christians and Jews as “religious extremists” on page 24.

The text accompanying this slide says that “Extremism is a complex phenomenon; it is defined as beliefs, attitudes, feelings, actions or strategies of a character far removed from the ‘ordinary.’”

According to Pew Research, Christians make up 78.4% of the US. Evangelical Christians make up 26.3% of the US population. Catholics number 23.9%. Defining either as “far removed from ‘ordinary’” seems to be out of the ordinary itself.

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Maybe it's just me, but I call the Southern Poverty Law Center a hate group.
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Their definitions of supremacist and extremist seem to fit our President. And does not Obama's choice of ministers show a predilection for religious extremism?
And did Obama not call for the creation of a civilian force equal to our military? Sounds to me like a call for a militia. Should it be called the SS or the TSA?
1 year ago
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They forgot "militant atheism (US/Democratic Party)" in their slide.
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Every dictatorship or tyranny needs an internal 'enemy of the people.' With reports like this one, the government can keep its options open and can pick and choose an 'enemy of the people' as timing and circumstances require.

The government is not your friend. That holds true even if conservatives hold all of the power in D.C. or in your state capitol. (Paying taxes is not patriotic. Obediance to unjust and/or un-constitutional laws is not a virtue.)

Under the proper circumstances, the right wing in America would be looking for internal 'enemies of the people' with no less zeal than is now displayed by the left in their hunt for internal enemies.

The problem conservatives face is that the left now holds power. All they need is a 'national emergency' and a declaration of martial law, and conservatives will be hustled off to a nice vaction in a government sponsored spa.
1 year ago
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Did anyone else notice that the rocket scientists who put this presentation together managed to spell "Al Qaeda" three different ways on only two slides, or that they managed to misspell both "Mormon" and "Abu Sayyaf"? Clearly, a lot of research went into this little gem.
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Notice that literally almost every group listed is Religious?

Where are Atheists, GLBT activists, groups such as the OWS, New Black Panthers, any of them?

That list is all-inclusive and is a death sentence for anyone bearing even a hint of religious belief.
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The point being, if you look at who they list as "dangerous" and whom they do not, that list means, "anyone who is not a die-hard Progressive."

And yes, I am intelligent enough to note they are motivated by Earthly rewards with no guilt and no repercussions.
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Maybe it's just me, but I call the Southern Poverty Law Center a hate group.
1 year ago
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Why was this type of action condemned by the U.S. Government when it was practiced by Russia?
Was Russia right all along?
1 year ago
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"To the authoritarian mind, there are only two responses to a demand: submission or defiance, and anything less than total submission is defiance."
1 year ago
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I bet whoever wrote this for the Army thinks Homosexuality is Honorable.
1 year ago
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I never realized progressive liberals were supremacist extremists. The U.S. Army should invade them immediately. Don't forget to take that Muslim ring either.

Whoever put Catholicism in with Hamas should be forced to live in Gaza as a transgendered male until Mr. Epiphany beats him on the head with the epiphany stick. No doubt that will be an exercise in redundancy since beating a headless corpse is contra-indicated in most forms of reality.
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It must have been an oversight that the author of the presentation omitted La Raza, a group that fully meets the definition of supremacist as well as extremist. Or perhaps not an oversight after all, for to list La Raza might be construed as raaaacist. Can't have that now, can we? It might alienate (no pun intended) all those undocumented Democrats.

Marc Malone and cfbleachers are spot-on. Keep your powder dry, people.
1 year ago
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The KKK was NOT a religious outfit. It was guerrilla organization created to fight the Northern army of occupation during Reconstruction and the Freedman's Bureau. However, it was not universal since it only operated in areas where those groups were corrupt and abusive. It later dissolved once Reconstruction was over, but other groups had taken up the name though they were mostly brigands and such.

Several of those other Christian groups don't belong on there and it is rather offensive that "Evangelicals" are right at the top of the list. Then again it makes sense since liberalism is a monotheistic absolutist religion that brooks no god other than the state, no alternative means of salvation than welfare, no freedom but what government permits.
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