With the right wing freaking out over a briefing given to a single Army Reserve unit in Pennsylvania that quite correctly identified some extreme Christian right groups as potential terrorist threats, Alan Keyes is now claiming that Obama is preparing the military to attack “Christian denominations.”
Moreover, it’s not at all unreasonable to see, in certain recurring reports, signs that the U.S. government is preparing our military forces to do violence against Christian denominations that refuse to abandon God’s Word on matters like homosexuality. Just the other day, I read that “soldiers in the U.S. military have been told in a training briefing that evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America….Catholicism and ultra-orthodox Judaism are also on the list of religious extremist organizations.”
Go and look at the Powerpoint presentation for yourself. Nowhere does it say or even imply that “evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America.” On a single slide is a list of potential groups that exhibit “religious extremism.” The list includes “evangelical Christianity,” “ultra orthodox” Judaism and “Catholicism.” But this is just a Powerpoint slide, not the text of the presentation or what was actually said.
There are, in fact, examples of groups in all three of those categories that have committed violence in the name of their religion, but that doesn’t mean that all evangelical Christians, Catholics or Orthodox Jews are likely to commit terrorism, nor does anyone make any such claim. Almost the entire presentation is about racist groups and Islamic fundamentalists. There is no way in hell any sane person could interpret that as Keyes is interpreting it.
But Keyes knows that, I suspect. He just doesn’t care. He has a product to sell and that product is fear of Christian persecution and hatred of Obama. And like most marketers, he doesn’t give a damn what the truth is.