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Army labels Catholics and Evangelicals as religious extremists

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The U.S. Army labeled Evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremists alongside groups such as “Al Qaeda”, “Hamas” and the “KKK.” It should come as no surprise that Christians and Catholics were not pleased with the label.

On Thursday, April 4, the Archdiocese for the Military Services issued a statement complaining about “the mischaracterization of Catholicism as an example of religious extremism.”

The complaints derive from a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief 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.”

Army spokesman George Wright told Fox News that the training material represented an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.” Wright said that after a complaint was lodged, the reference to Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism was deleted from the military training material. “We consider the matter closed,” he said.

What do you think? Was the original military training material correct? Should Evangelical Christians and Catholics be labeled as potential religious extremists? Leave a comment - express yourself.

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