Christus ist auferstanden!
Arimathea will feature a Latin week as a gesture of ecumenical good will. How better to begin such a week than to note how Roman Catholics belong in the same category as Al Qaeda, Hamas, and the Ku Klux Klan?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf posted the story last month in “Obama Admin in Army Reserve brief lumps Catholicism in with Al Qaeda, Hamas, KKK.” An Army information booklet about extremism listed Catholicism among the ne’er do wells; you may read the short booklet here. Jealous monotheists from other traditions need not worry; evangelical Christians, ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Sunni Muslims are also included as religious extremists. It is therefore unfair to blame the president for the manual; the administration would never dare criticize Sunni Islam in such a way. Some unfortunate and likely now disciplined underling made the mistake of being honest when creating the presentation. The secularist culture of the leftist elite has clearly trickled down. The guide defines religious extremism as:
Extremism is a complex phenomenon; it is defined as beliefs, attitudes, feelings, actions, or strategies of a character far removed from the “ordinary.” Because “ordinary” is subjective, no religious group would label itself extreme or its doctrine “extremism.” However, religious extremism is not limited to any single religion, ethnic group, or region of the world; every religion has some followers that believe that their beliefs, customs and traditions are the only “right way” and that all others are practicing their faith the “wrong way,” seeing and believing that their faith/religion superior to all others.
In other words, traditional monotheistic religions are inherently “extreme” because they require as a matter of principle “seeing and believing that their faith/religion superior to all others.” This is a consequence of understanding religion as a matter of truth rather than a lifestyle accessory. Our contemporary overlords have long given up on truth; their religious indulgences are merely social or aesthetic if anything.