You're not going to believe what the Pentagon is teaching the troops about sexism
I did a double take this morning when I saw it in the Daily Caller.
An online course designed for "Equal Opportunity Advisors" in the military makes the startling claim that the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution all contribute to modern sexism.
Other courses also make the claim that if you don't believe in "white privilege," you are discriminating against minorities, and that if you "avoid" a "target group" for whatever reason, you are practicing prejudice and discrimination.
According to the course, the Bible has “quotes” which can be interpreted as sexist by readers.
The Declaration of Independence is also an historical cause of sexism, as the document refers only to “all men” —not “men and women.”
And the Constitution, the Pentagon argues, is an historical source of sexism because “slaves and women were not included until later in history.”
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“The content of the lesson is provided to generate academic discussion concerning how these historical documents have been included in discussions about the topic of sexism,” Lt.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.
It's important to note that of those texts, only the Bible specifically excludes women from enjoying equal rights - a document based on the way people lived 2500 years ago. And if you want to get real technical about it, many white men were excluded from enjoying equal rights because the only people who could vote in America at the time of the Declaration and Constitution were free white males who owned property. It wasn't until the 1820's that most states began to adopt universal male sufferage laws.
But the important point in this argument is that the inspiration for equal rights for women and minorities came from the Declaration of Independence and that the Constitution allowed for changing the law to include women and minorities as equal citizens. The idea that this translates into these two texts contributing to modern sexism is idiotic - a forced construct bearing no relation to reality unless you view the world through the prisms of race and gender.
Following inquiries from the Daily Caller, the online training material has been pulled for "revision."
The troops are apparently required to attend some of these "training sessions" to develop "sensitivity" to racism and sexism. You would hope that most of this baloney goes in one ear and out the other. But it's a telling example of Social Justice Warriors infiltrating our military.