I think it goes without saying that there is very little that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL) — an anti-gay, fundamentalist Christian organization whose primary purpose seems to be fighting the nonexistent threat of military chaplains being forced to perform same sex marriage ceremonies — would ever agree on. But, when it comes to an issue that came up last week, MRFF is in full agreement with Ron Crews, the executive director of CARL.
As reported by numerous outlets, from FOX News to the Army Times, an Equal Employment Opportunity briefing at the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Pennsylvania included a slide on “Religious Extremism” that listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism in a list of extremist groups.
According to Ron Crews, “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.” MRFF agrees 100%.
The Catholic Church’s military archdiocese also issued a statement, saying, “The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.” Again, MRFF agrees 100%.
An Army spokesman responded in the typical ‘we don’t know how this happened’ fashion that MRFF is quite familiar with, saying, “The slide was not produced by the Army, 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.”
But, while Crews and the Catholic archdiocese were clearly outraged that Evangelical Christians and Catholics were in this list, not a word was said about another “wrongheaded characterization” on the slide – the inclusion of Sunni Muslims (about 85% of all Muslims) in the same list.
I’m sure this was just an oversight on their part, and that Crews finds it just as “dishonorable” for a “U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization” of Muslims, and that the Catholic archdiocese means to include anti-Muslim material in their call upon the Department of Defense to make sure that “taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”
UPDATE: It seems that Ron Crews omitted the verbiage that went along with the slide. (h/t thenewcivilrightsmovement.com)