Pentagon suspends class teaching ‘inflammatory’ material on Islam to officers

The Pentagon has suspended a course for military officers that officials say contained inflammatory material about Islam.

Defense Department spokesman Capt. John Kirby said Wednesday that among problems with the course taught at Norfolk, Va., was a presentation that asserted the United States is at war with Islam. Kirby noted that officials across two American administrations have stressed that the U.S. is at war with terrorists who have a distorted view of the religion.

Kirby declined to detail what he said were other problems with the course, called “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.”

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has ordered all service branches to review their training to ensure other courses don’t use anti-Islamic material.

Associated Press, 25 April 2012

See also Spencer Ackerman, “Exclusive: Senior U.S. general orders top-to-bottom review of military’s Islam training”, Danger Room, 24 April 2012

And “CAIR commends Pentagon for dropping Islamophobic course”, CAIR press release, 25 April 2012