Military reviewing training material to remove anti-Islamic content
Soldiers taking cultural sensitivity training
April 25th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Military reviewing training material to remove anti-Islamic content

By Chris Lawrence

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs has ordered the entire U.S. military to remove all anti-Islamic content from its training materials.

Gen. Martin Dempsey sent a letter to the directors of military education institutions, combatant commanders and the heads of all branches of service instructing them to review all relevant training materials to make sure it does not have anti-Islamic content.

The order was precipitated by an elective course called "Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism," offered at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Wired's Danger Room blog was first to report the Dempsey order.

"A student who finished the course last month brought this to his attention, that some materials in that course were inflammatory," Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said. The material included a statement that Kirby described as "the United States is at war with Islam, and that was presented as an assertion. We are at war with terrorism, specifically al Qaeda ... so that's one example."

"I am concerned that acadmeic institutions within the DoD may be presenting material, both by DoD instructors and guest lecturers, which goes well beyond merely presenting alternative intellectual viewpoints on radicalism to advocating ideas, beliefs and actions that are contrary to our national policy, inconsistent with values of our profession, and disrespectful of the Islamic religion," Dempsey wrote in a the memo.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have repeatedly said that the United States is not at war with Islam.

The 30-day inquiry will try to determine how the material got into the course, and how many U.S. military officers received training using that material. The course has been taught since 2004, but its curriculum was revised in the middle of 2011.

Kirby estimates that "hundreds" of mid-level officers have taken the course, primarily commanders and lieutenant colonels from all four branches of service.

"What we don't know is when this inflammatory language was inserted in the course," Kirby said. But he added that the assumption is it has not been there from the beginning.

"Our concern is that there are some unprofessional things being taught to students in a military curriculum," a defense official explained.

The course at the Joint Forces Staff College has been suspended, and Dempsey has ordered the military chiefs to scour their own training materials to ensure no anti-Islamic content is being taught in other institutions.

Kirby said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is "aware of the order, and shares Gen. Dempsey's deep concern. He completely endorses the general's decision to review training materials across the board and do a complete scrub."

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Syed

    What if this course was had the same content but about Jews? The question of loyalty that is being asked of Muslims can be asked of Jews in any part of world. Mind you that Jews and Muslims are extremely similar in so many ways. Both religions tend to downplay geographic boundaries and stress on the homogeneity of wider religious community and loyalty to that community rather than country of residence. Unless West stops pouring fuel over the extremism of likes of Al-Qaeda with its war rhetoric, and abandons its utter and outrageous hypocrisy about Jews and Muslims the goal of peace can never be achieved. It must be noted that Muslim victim of religious extremism far outnumber non-Muslim victims. I can testify to that as a grieving Muslim who ancestors have always fought and sacrificed against extremism to restore sanity and peace.

    May 11, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
  2. Skorpio

    The military should ban the Koran the same way Saudi Arabia confiscates bibles because they are considered subversive to the Islamic system

    May 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  3. William Lucas Harvey, Jr.

    I can even imagine that, if our present Administration had been in "power" in WW2, our Military would have also received similar "Training" about anything that was anti Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Hirohito, et.al.

    WLH (Age 68 – Born 1944)

    May 2, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
  4. expakistani

    Well lets just hope that the 'inflammatory' material is not merely what is really Orthodox Islam. What the article does not do, unfortunately, is show us some examples and explain how they are inflammatory. Are they inflammatory but true?

    May 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  5. Everett Wallace

    Well what do you Think is embedded in the adversary minds. How they are taught to HATE everything which stands for the American way of life, do not Let them sway U from what you know is the Truth. They want to destroy the infedels and that is Who they say we are. Me, I like my freedom I do not want to plant bombs or fly planes into buildings. This is not brainwashing, the training enlightens who and what evil we are up against. My BOSS continues to teach me and I have asked HIM to always show me the truth.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  6. locksmith

    Religion is the real enemy here, lets not forget that.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Sniper

      Islam is not by any stretch of the word a "religion" it is a belief system that is meant to control those who fall under it's sick outlook. Allah is a means of recieving reward for destroying those who do not share your belief's. The Islamic mindset isa constant brainwashing from birth that Only Islam is the way Murder deceit and any other means of conquest are accepable ways of furthering Islam. Dying for Islam is a great honor and will be rewardd by allah with 72 virgins. I think mohammed had run out of young virgin girls in his area so he added that.

      May 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Joe Kirkup

      Locksmith,
      I'm not a religious guy, but I have to agree with Sniper. Islam is not really a religion, but actually a nation. We always think of a nation as being related to a contiguous land mass, but Islam is different. It has all the facets of a national government and system; laws, culture and the most important difference from an actual religion, a military. It has it's own tax system and it's own court system. No matter where it exists the loyalty of it's citizens is to Allah above all else including the US Constitution. We really need to change our view of this phenomenon and admit to ourselves the Islam will never be compatible with democracy then we should act accordingly. Pretending Islam is a religion is like pretending lung cancer is a cold.

      Joe Kirkup
      22 Calvin Ave
      Lehigh Acres, FL
      239-896-0276
      joe@joekirkup.com

      May 2, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Anthony

      The Church's doctrine is inocennt of condoning this abuse. The religion itself cannot be damaged by this, only the Institution.Now if, for example, charges of abuse in the form known as "thighing" were brought against a Muslim imam, he might try to use fatwas condoning the practice as a defense - with interesting results in any Western court of law. (And wouldn't that be fun to watch.) But no priest can ever do this.The issue is, indeed, the conspiracy of silence. Justice for victims must come before any question of "embarrassment" to the institution - or of "shaking the faith" of any of its members. Defrocking can be reserved for guilty verdicts, but the law must be informed of the crime and have access to the criminal for prosecution and there can be no issue of "special status" for the priesthood in this. A bishop who protects and shuttles around an abusing pedophile priest is as guilty of being and accessory to a crime as someone who lets their cousin the bank robber hide in the attic.It would seem that if the Church had taken a no-tolerance stand on this from the get-go and handed over child molesters as a matter of course, they would have saved themselves all this trouble and money. But for some reason they seemed to think cover-ups, intimidations, and guilt-tripping the victims was the way to go. And no, "apologizing" to the Catholics of Ireland is not going to get Benedict anywhere at all. These people have been through it all and heard it all before. My Irish grandfather bailed out of the church about a century ago, though I never asked him why. But then, he was a very no-nonsense person about most things.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  7. freedom of speech is not incite hatred

    how ever there must be feedom of speech , or the next thing that will come down the pipe is we will only be allowed text to talk so it can be monitored.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  8. Gideon

    Israel needs to be the focus here.

    We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…

    PUT BOOTS IN IRAN!!

    Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

    If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

    Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Capt Al Qaeda here trying to pretend that he is jewish, it's the same cut and paste bullshit every time from "different" people

      April 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Gideon

        My grandma was killed in treblinka, FUKKK you scumbag

        April 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • Billy

        My grandfather died in a concentration camp.

        Fell out of the guard tower and broke his neck.

        April 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • modernminuteman

      most americans are on israel's side but people like you saying we are stuffing burgers in our fat american faces would get you lights punched out. careful how you attack your friends!

      May 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  9. larry5

    Like Obama said, Muslims are not terrorists. We must be nice to them even if they attack us with suicide bombers. We must insure that our military does not hurt their feelings or damage their self esteem. The Ground Zero Vistory Mosque must be completed to show the world that we are nice people. And remember, just because they promise to kill us all we should not hold that against them.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      You're a fucking idiot. When Obama wins the next election, I hope you kill all your inbred spawn, your black cock loving whore of a wife, and yourself.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
      • modernminuteman

        that is the kind of crap i expect from a cowardly muslim asslifter!

        May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • BrdTrd

        """"' try paxil or zoloft or effexor, your prozac clearly isn't working

        May 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • VT Patriot

        Gotta luv the Libs, when they wind up looking like complete a$$holes, they revert to calling everyone by their favorite 4 letter words.

        May 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |

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