Late last week, government accountability nonprofit Judicial Watch obtained training materials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), used by the Air Force to train soldiers how to identify extremist ideologies and hate groups.
Turns out it’s wise to leave the DoD out of the loop if you happen to think the American Revolution was a good idea. Colonial revolutionaries and Confederate secessionists are just two historical examples of “ideological extremism” described in the training documents.
One worldview that’s hateful to the DoD is that of the patriots who earned America’s independence from Great Britain. On page 43 of the training booklet, soldiers learn this:
As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. 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.
The educational material on offer refers repeatedly to nationalists, rednecks, skinheads, anarchists, “religion,” environmentalists, supremacists and separatists and offers examples of each. But when it comes to offering examples of religious extremism, guess what’s absent? Islamist terror activities against Americans. Here’s the only occurrence of the word “Islam” in the entire 133-page document:
Sudan Holocaust – Since 1983, the Northern fundamentalist Muslim government of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has been waging war against the mostly Christian South. The northern government has been killing, displacing, and enslaving the African Christians. Over 1.9 million civilians have died, and over 4 million have been forced to flee their homes. The victims are Christians, moderate Muslims, and African traditionalists who refuse to accept the Sudan government’s policies of Arab control and conformity to Islamic rules and laws. The extremist ideologies of supremacy, nationalism, and religion apply to this event.
Published by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute earlier this year, the document is rife with information mined from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which evidently have earned the DoD’s veneration when it comes to objectivity. The SPLC and ADL data stands alongside data provided by the FBI and the DoD itself to inform students about how many hate groups there are in the United States, what constitutes “hate speech,” and which world views are hateful (one of the SPLC’s special prerogatives).