Defense Department training documents obtained by Judicial Watch suggest the DOD is teaching military members that conservative views like individual liberty and states rights are "extremist," The Blaze reported Friday.
According to The Blaze, the guide was written by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a Defense Department-funded diversity training center, and cites the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that listed mainstream conservative Christian groups like the Family Research Council as hate groups for opposing the homosexual agenda.
Judicial Watch listed some highlights from the documents:
- The document defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”
- A statement that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
- “[W]hile not all extremist groups are hate groups, all hate groups are extremist groups.”
- Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
- In this same section, the document lists the 9/11 attack under a category of “Historical events.”
- “[A]ctive participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited.” [Emphasis in original]
- The document details the “seven stages of hate” and sixteen “extremists’ traits.”
- The SPLC is listed as a resource for information on hate groups and referenced several times throughout the guide.
- Of the five organizations besides the SPLC listed as resources, one is an SPLC project (Teaching Tolerance) and one considers any politically or socially conservative movement to be a potential hate group (Political Research Associates).
- Other than a mention of 9/11 and the Sudan, there is no discussion of Islamic extremism.
Judicial Watch said it filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine what, if any, influence the SPLC had on government agencies after Floyd Lee Corkins II, a volunteer at a D.C.-area LGBT center, entered the FRC and shot a guard.
As we reported in February, Corkins admitted that he targeted the FRC's Washington, D.C. office after discovering the organization using the SPLC’s so-called “Hate Map.”
The SPLC was also cited as a source for Army training material that listed evangelical Christians, Catholics and some Jews as extremists to be equated with the KKK and Al Qaeda.
Judicial Watch said that while the document they obtained is from the Air Force, it "originated in a DOD office and is, therefore. thought likely to be used in other agency components."
"The Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism. And now, in a document full of claptrap, its Defense Department suggests that the Founding Fathers, and many conservative Americans, would not be welcome in today’s military,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
“And it is striking that some the language in this new document echoes the IRS targeting language of conservative and Tea Party investigations. After reviewing this document, one can’t help but worry for the future and morale of our nation’s armed forces,” he added.
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