Pentagon halts class teaching anti-Islam material
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
REUTERS photo.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 a base in Virginia 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 do not use anti-Islamic material.