Military Chaplains have spoken out against a directive which aims to give “training in implicit or unconscious bias.” The last-minute directive was signed by the Obama administration’s outgoing Army Secretary Eric Fanning, “hours before his resignation,” prompting a letter of complaint by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL).
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning signed Army Directive 2017-06 (“Promoting Diversity and Inclusion”) immediately prior to his resignation on Obama’s last day as president. The directive mandates the Army to spend time, finances and personnel to develop training against “implicit or unconscious bias.”
“The military exists to protect our nation, not to be used as a laboratory for social engineering-and especially not from an outgoing official’s 11th hour order. This directive does nothing to increase military readiness but wastes valuable training time just to promote a political agenda.” Executive director of the CARL, Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA (Retired), said in a statement.
“The secretary does not define what this so-called unconscious bias is, but we believe this is a direct assault on those Army personnel who hold traditional Biblical beliefs concerning sexual ethics,” the Chaplain Alliance letter reads. “Given the variety of serious threats our military faces every day, the Army must cease from continuing such training mandates that cannot be shown to help our soldiers be better prepared for combat readiness.”
Fanning was the first openly gay man to lead the army, and worked to promote LGBT roles in the military during his time in the position.