This is very troubling. I know how the military works. It is not a democratic society. Probably 90% or more of the troops oppose this but you don’t buck headquarters, you can’t.
In the private sector if you disobey your superiors you may lose your job, in the military you not only may lose your job but you could also lose your freedom.
When the Pentagon sets a policy everyone toes the line or sacrifices their career. You can’t quit until your enlistment is up and you get performance reports every year. One bad mark on your performance report can ruin your career.
Although 90% may disagree, change does not come from from the bottom up in the military!
America’s top-line military schools are supposed to be cutting-edge centers of strategic education. But say a bad word about Islam there, and it could end your career.
On April 24, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a memo expressing concern that “academic institutions within the Department of Defense may be presenting material … which goes well beyond merely presenting alternative intellectual viewpoints on radicalism to advocating ideas, beliefs and actions that are contrary to our national policy, inconsistent with the values of our profession, and disrespectful of the Islamic religion.” The memo ordered a thorough screening of course curricula and outside speakers with a view toward “cultural sensitivity, respect for religion and intellectual balance.” Disciplinary action could be taken against academics whose courseware is judged somehow to be offensive. Outside speakers could be blacklisted.
The review was ordered after a student complained about the content of an elective - “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” - taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. The class was highly regarded by students, yet one slide in one briefing presented the view that America is at war with Islam - a politically incorrect notion that’s never permitted to be uttered, written or thought. “The course is called ‘Perspectives on Radicalism,’ ” a former senior-level military professor told The Washington Times, “but they only want the official perspective. Graduate school is supposed to be education, not indoctrination.”
The Pentagon review will have a chilling effect on military students.