The Pentagon Teaches How to Interpret the Bible

In order to combat sexism, the Pentagon has constructed a comprehensive ideological training system that includes how one may interpret the Bible.

According to Ashley Rae Goldenberg at the Daily Caller, as her headline states, “Defense Department: The Bible, Constitution and Declaration Of Independence All Perpetuate Sexism.”

According to a Defense Department-approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism.

Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a ”world-class human relations education.”

That sounds bad, but the truth is a bit worse. While the screen shot does show the lesson unambiguously condemns the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, it actually seems to say the opposite about the Bible.

And as I said, that is far worse.

Here’s the image:

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You will notice that it is not the Bible that “allows sexism to continue.” Rather, it is “Religion.” But without any explanation at all, only Christianity matters as “Religion.” The lesson says nothing about Islam (!) or Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other religion. When it refers to “Religion” it immediately turns to what the Bible says. So religion essentially means Christianity.

That’s a pretty odd direction for a Pentagon-approved class to go in. Is this a tacit admission that our nation has been formed by Christian norms and values so that it is the primary explanation for the way American culture has taken shape?

But what it says is a problem, whether or not a Christian might agree with it:

Quotes from the Bible can be misinterpreted as having a sexist influence when brought out of context and not fully understood.

I know some Bible-believing Christians agree with that statement and others don’t. But whether you agree with the statement or not, the Pentagon has plainly taken it upon itself, in a pluralistic culture, to state for everyone how the Bible is supposed to be correctly understood.

The Defense Department is teaching theology.

In order to fight sexism they are basically declaring that all forms of religion that don’t teach modern egalitarian thinking are deviating from the Bible.

Is that really the Defense Department’s job in modern America?

Blaming the Declaration and the Constitution for a role in perpetuating the hated sexism is also problematic for the Pentagon.

Of course, members of the Armed Forces take an oath to defend the Constitution — which is, according to the DEOMI course, an “historical influence that allows sexism to continue.”

“The content of the lesson is provided to generate academic discussion concerning how these historical documents have been included in discussions about the topic of sexism,” Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman, told The Daily Caller.

But following TheDC’s request for comment, the sexism course — as well as two other courses listed on DEOMI’s website, entitled “Prejudice & Discrimination” and “Racism” — were taken offline.

“This course is currently offline and under revision,” a notice says under all three courses.

The article has a lot more analysis of the course, which basically uses political correctness to force the target majority (in this case, all men) to feel guilty about anything other than getting on board the crusade against sexism.

By an individual refusing to believe that he is inherently better off than another person as a result of his race or gender, DEOMI teaches that the individual is engaging in an act of discrimination.

At the same time, it is also viewed as inactive discrimination if an individual believes “you have experienced and fully understand the oppression of the target group.”

The Defense Department is obviously under the control of Leftist indoctrination. It is promoting a version of Feminism, which has virtually nothing to do with equality between the sexes. I have no idea how the institution will ever be fixed. I certainly doubt any Republican president, even if we get one, will have the will to clean house.