United States Army and Catholic/Christian Bashing

I held off on writing about this because I was trying to figure it out. 

An Army Training Manual designated Catholicism and Evangelical Christianity as terrorist organizations, alongside the Ku Klux Klan, Hamas and al-Queda. Reports say that the manual was used (presumably as a teaching device) during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on religious extremism. You can find the entire training manual here. This is a screen shot I took of the slide in question:

Fox News said that Army spokesman George Wright told them that this training manual “is not condoned” by the US Army and was an isolated incident. “This slide was not produced by the Arny and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine … It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission,” he said.

I held back on writing about this because the Army was claiming the manual was the product on one wacko soldier and that they had corrected the situation. I didn’t exactly buy that, but I also didn’t know enough to have an opinion about what was happening.

Enter Lt Col Jack Rich who appears to be on active duty and is stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Lt Col Rich is reported to have sent an email to his subordinates listing the American Family Association and the Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups.” 

The email said in part:

“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values,” the note read, according to Starnes’ report. “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values — don’t just walk by — do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”The email ran on for 14 pages and listed The Southern Poverty Law Center as a source for its material. According to Fox News, it documented groups the “military considers to be anti-gay” among other things.

A Yahoo News article made this comment:

Some cultural warriors would likely look at this, teamed with some of the other incidents unfolding of late, and assume that there’s a war on Christianity — one that has worked its way into the U.S. military. Of course, others would dismiss such a notion as silly and unfounded. While Tony Perkins, who heads FRC, called the e-mail evidence that the military has become anti-Christian in nature, a Pentagon spokesperson denied such allegations.

I guess I’m one of those “culture warriors” the article talks about, because I am beginning to see a pattern here and it’s a twin to the pattern that’s formed in our universities. Those in authority are twisting the original intent of phrases such as “equal opportunity” to legitimize overt prejudice and hazing of Christians and Christian groups who support traditional Christian morality.

I know full well that sounds simplistic. But when we see one university after another attempting to kick Christian groups off their campuses under the guise of “inclusiveness,” it begins to form a pattern. When the United States Army experiences a similar rash of anti-Christian rhetoric in training manuals and now from a high-ranking officer, it does point in that direction.

These incidents with the Army are also certainly not the only ones that have occurred. They are just the ones we have learned about. It appears that the Army is breaking out with a case of Christian-bashing measles. 

The point I want to make is these two incidents were not private, off-the-cuff incidents between a couple of individuals. One was an Army Training Manual used at an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity Training Session and the other was an officer sending instructions to his subordinates. 

The United States Army is easily one of the most efficient killing machines on the planet. This kind of behavior coming from inside its ranks is not something to be taken lightly or dismissed.

It is ironic to me that things like equal opportunity training sessions are being used to foment discrimination. But that corruption of the original intent of these things appears to be widespread.
It seems that the Archdiocese for Military Services, which knows a lot more about these things than I do, reacted to the training manual in a similar, “I dunno for sure”  way. Their official statement about it said they were “astounded” by a training manual 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.”  

I am wondering how they will react now that another shoe has dropped.

Other recent incidents against Christians in the United States Military include:

  • A War Games scenario at Fort Leavenworth that identified Christian groups and Evangelical groups as being potential threats;
  • A 2009 Dept. of Homeland Security memorandum that identified future threats to national security coming from Evangelicals and pro-life groups;
  • A West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that linked pro-lifers to terrorism;
  • Evangelical leader Franklin Graham was uninvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service because of his comments about Islam;
  • Christian prayers were banned at the funeral services for veterans at Houston’s National Cemetery;
  • Bibles were banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;
  • Christian crosses and a steeple were removed from a chapel in Afghanistan because the military said the icons disrespected other religions;
  • Catholic chaplains were told not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop related to Obamcare mandates. The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.


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  • http://www.usmc.mil S. Murphy

    If the chapel was not set aside as a Christian chapel, but was going to be used for Jewish and Muslim services as well – which is probably the case – then using crosses that can be carried in and hung up, and avoiding architecture specific to any one religion is a good idea. On Al Asad, we had a non-denominational main chapel – it was also used for some briefs and large meetings that weren’t religious, as well as smaller chapels around the base – all of them were non-denominational. Near the main chapel, however – in an adjacent office building, was a Blessed Sacrament chapel, in which daily Mass was celebrated. In Afghanistan, too, a building that flags itself as a Christian chapel is going to be a focus for propganda, and a target, too.

  • Theodore Seeber

    August is going to get really bad. There is a reason why Homeland Security is stockpiling bullets and coffins.

    • http://theontologicallapsometer.blogspot.com/ jmalcolm

      Why August? Something specific about that month?

  • Mike

    This is just bizarre.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com: neenergyobserver

    I dunno either but, it is starting to get a bit worrisome, a light colonel here and a training manual there are starting to look an awful lot like trial balloons. The military needs some leadership on this, but it seems like a lot of the real leaders are being purged. So, I dunno, but I don’t like it.

    • Dale

      Well, if a training manual was actually issued or if a Lt. Colonel actually sent such an email, yes, those things would raise a couple red flags.

      However, what Rebecca posted about was actually a powerpoint presentation to an Army Reserve unit. And after a complaint was filed, a year ago, the presentation was discarded.


      As for the email sent on the Lt. Col. email account, there seems to be an ongoing investigation as to who actually sent the email.


      • Rebecca Hamilton

        I said the screen shot I posted was of a “slide.” I did not specify which software was used to develop the slide as I did not know. The link I posted to the presentation itself is obviously for a series of slides to be used in a presentation. I said that it was for an Army Reserve Unit. I don’t have the link here, but I read that one of the trainees made a complaint and that is how this all came to light.

        Lessee … the stories I’ve read, including the ones I linked to and the response from the Military Archdiocese are recent. The one from the Military Archdiocese is dated April 4, 2013. The link you cite as proof that this is an old story from a year ago is dated April 6, 2013. There is nothing I saw in the article you linked to that indicates this training occurred over a year ago.

        Having said all that, I don’t think that even if it did happen over a year ago, that this would be pertinent to the questions I raise in the post.

        Your second link is not much a reveal, since I link to it in the post. Also, even though the article says nothing exculpatory about the Lt Col, I would expect there would be an investigation. I’m not sure what the existence of one would prove or even indicate.

        If there are developments in either situation and I miss them, just send me the links. I don’t mind updating this to say that the Lt Col didn’t really send the email or that the whole thing with the training manual was a hoax — IF those things are true.

        • Dale

          Rebecca, the powerpoint presentation seems to have occurred around a year ago. Here is what my first link said:

          “There are no dates on the slides to indicate when the training might have been presented to soldiers, but the Army Chief of Chaplains office has said that the training was an isolated incident and the slides were not sanctioned by the U.S. Army Department. A separate Army spokesman told the Navy Times that the materials were presented last year to soldiers and once discovered, were discarded.”

          As for the email sent via the Lt. Col’s account, I don’t doubt that it happened, so there is no question of a hoax. The question is who sent the email and on what authority was it sent. Obviously, it shouldn’t have been sent, and I think the Army will deal with the matter. But let us follow the matter.

          • Rebecca Hamilton

            I knew that this was the Army’s response to the presentation. That’s why I held off on writing about this up until now. As for when it happened, I don’t know for sure. We’ll see how it spins out and if any other similar things make it to the public’s attention.

  • http://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/ Russell Holder

    Hello Rebecca {Representative Hamilton}, This same information was past out during a meeting with the Maricopa Sheriffs and the FBI… the Sheriffs threw it back at them {as I understand it]. Please look below…
    and this goes back some length of time ago, it has just been repackaged. It looks to bear the markings of the U.N. [not by symbolism or trademark] in the notion of removing the liberty we all have and enjoy today [thank God]. Is this not what a one world government would want… a complete removal of any that might believe different from the ‘Status Quo’ to be forced on us?

    Under these guidelines, even our government can be called a terrorist [think about it], when it refers to Hamas [the Muslim Brotherhood is also a proxy for Iran] as a terrorist group… and we have just aided and abetted the enemy [according to this same information in our own Army Training Manual]. How can John Kerry continue to act on the State Department’s behalf [acting on our own government's (THIS IS 'WE' THE PEOPLE HERE) activity] to support these actions? This is something the C.F.R. put out, read below…
    not that I agree with them either, for most of the people there were also involved in P.N.A.C. (People for a New American Century), where we get lines like [and I'm para-phrasing],”We need a Pearl Harbor like event to be the catalyst to go into the Middle East.” It seems like they did a good job on us… it happened. I’ll let this one be… and not add anymore here. Best of luck [God luck] on all you can find out here Rebecca.

  • http://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/ Russell Holder

    Hey Rebecca, here is another link, about the same flyer in Arizona, and this dates to Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 2001. The emphasis is against anyone that would defend the Constitution. See below…
    and it does open your eyes [we should have had them open all along] to what has happened [then and now]. Take care Rebecca, and be safe.

  • FW Ken

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has long listed Catholic splinter sects among their “hate groups”, for alleged anti-semitism.

    I’m just surprised they listed Hamas as a hate group.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      “Catholic splinter sects”, as you call them – in fact, heretical groups that have nothing more to do with the Church than Lutherans or Nestorians – are indeed very often full of Jew-bashers. That is where, for instance, Mel Gibson and his notorious father come from. It is also true, to a lesser extent, of the Lefebvrites. Nonetheless, the SPLC is a bad source, fond of demonizing anyone who disagrees with them and quite painfully in it for the money, and should not be trusted. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/king-fearmongers_714573.html Furthermore, the implication that the Church has anything to do with these groups – which is what we find in these military materials – is itself hate-ridden trash.

  • http://FaceBook Barry Bernhard

    Seems that the US army is more like the USSR’s Army of old. Maybe they should be put u
    Nader the orders of Hitler or Stalin.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      The USSR army of old only was only anti-Christian until 1941. When, under the pressure of war, Stalin allowed the Orthodox Church to come out of the catacombs, the national church, even though barely reorganized and pacified, found the means to pay for two armoured divisions from its own funds – their present to Leader and Fatherland! From then on, and in spite of Khruschev’s throwback anti-clericalism, the Soviet state preferred to control the Orthodox Church rather than persecute it – an attitude that Putin inherited.

      • Rebecca Hamilton

        I had never heard about this Fabio. Thank you for sharing it here. I would maintain that control is probably more deadly to the Christian faith that persecution. Co-opted churches who do not preach Christ and Him crucified are dead churches. Churches that do preach Christ and Him crucified are always revolutionary.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I had not realized the depth of this story. I thought it was some rogue soldier. This is disturbing, though with this commander in chief not surprising. The soldiers I know are fairly religious. We are in very bad times.

  • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

    A question to the Pentagon creatures who have sent up these trial balloons and no doubt intend to do more along these lines: if you are going to make the US armed forces, with their continuing need for millions of members, hostile to Christians, where are you going to find your recruits? New York City and San Francisco are not going to make up the difference. Do you imagine that poverty in the USA will become so widespread that young people will queue up to join for food, as some already do? Or do you intend to recruit mostly outside America, and outside Christian-majority countries, effectively making the US armed forces a purely mercenary body? Or do you envisage making the atmosphere of the barracks so oppressive that your soldiers, whatever their original convictions, will give up Christianity merely to survive? and in that case, what kind of human material do you hope to have at hand at the end of the process?

  • FW Ken

    “Catholic splinter sects” was shorthand for groups that splintered from the Catholic Church (technically all of them, but some more obviously than others). I’m fairly well versed in Church history, including the sects and heresies that have been around since the first century. A local Church or non-diocesan community is “Catholic” because they are in Communion with the Church of Rome. And of course my point was that the Southern Poverty Law Center is not a reliable source, being very biased against Christianity. I thought that would go without saying, but apparently not.

    In any case, it was a blog comment, not a dissertation, and done from a cell phone,so cut me some slack.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      I apologize. But I have to say that what you say did not clearly come out the first time around.

  • FW Ken

    And I apologize for the lack of clarity. Sometimes I assume too much.

  • http://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/ Russell Holder

    Since Uncle Sam often gets stuck walking in and through what either party has left him to walk in and through [this affects all of us here], and when a flyer (as provided above, the last link by me) speaks, one coming from the FBI, to state Law Enforcement officials about terrorists. In the flyer it lists: Christian identity with Hamas, defenders of the Constitution with skin-heads… and gets progressively worse. This stems from when the anti-terrorist plans and programs first came out… really, and all this happened [in plan and consuming perspective] to include CHRISTIANS within two months of 9-11. Look to England… there they have the ‘Terrorist Act [against terrorists]‘ and we have the ‘Patriot Act [assumed to be against whom?].’ These two separate bills are almost identical in words used, please take the time to confirm what is stated here… don’t take my word for it. Don’t be so shocked, it states clearly in the Bible during the end times christians will be persecuted, and we should remain strong to our faith until the end.

  • http://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/ Russell Holder

    Dearest Rebecca [Representative Hamilton], I apologize for taking you off topic [at face value in my comments] but do see what I added as but a hinge to what you have emphasized here. If the main viewpoint is what action our own military would do against our own people, especially those that are Catholic/Christian, then we must widen our scope to include what has already been done [historically] to understand what would also impact our perspective to the actions we currently see or the desire of a few to effect so many. Though there might have looked like there was a drift from the presentation and information you have brought to bear… it is all intrinsically and inexorably linked together- so intertwined as to cause one shock and dismay to the depths this recesses to. The only thing comparable in recent history to the implications of a countries military and uses discussed here point us back to the Japanese internment camps- a dire prediction of what our own past tells of our incomprehensible [esoteric] actions against Americans themselves.