U.S. Department of Defense Considers Catholics To Be Religious Extremists

U.S. human rights activists believe that the fact that evangelical Christians and Catholics deny LGBT people does not make them extremists.

A slide used in a Department of Defense training manual identifies Catholics and evangelical Christians as "religious extremists" along with members of organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, al-Qaeda and Hamas, Тhe Еpoch Тimes reported.

Michael Berry, general counsel of the First Liberty Institute (FLI), a public interest law firm that specializes in religious freedom cases, said that the slide is titled "Religious Extremism" and aims to identify religious extremists.

Berry said the extremist organizations listed include Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Ku Klux Klan - because they are groups "that use or promote violence to achieve their goals and therefore are rightly classified as extremists."

"But this also includes evangelical Christianity and Catholicism, which certainly do not advocate violence. Of course, the fact that evangelical Christians and Catholics hold millennial views on marriage and human sexuality does not make them unfit to serve (in the U.S. military, - Ed.) as extremists," Berry concluded.

Source: spzh.ru (Russian)

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