BY JORDAN OTERO
The U.S. Department of Defense has been facing scrutiny since April 4 when a U.S. Army Reserve presentation classified Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants as "extremist" groups, alongside groups such as al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.
The Washington Times reported that the presentation identified 17 religious organizations in a slide entitled "religious extremism." They include al Qaeda, Hamas, the Filipino separatist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Ku Klux Klan, which the slide identifies as a Christian organization.
"This is one more example of the effort of the left both to promote a culturally radical agenda in the military and, more broadly, to try to marginalize traditional moral belief and the churches that uphold them," said Stephen Krason, chair of the political science department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. "This is one more sign of the increasing intolerance and repressive bent of the left."