What an interesting coincidence that on the same day that I report Montgomery McFate’s comment in Nature News critical of anthropological opponents of the Human Terrain System (“Why should anthropology be some leftist religion?” she asks. “I mean, it’s supposed to be a science; it’s not supposed to be a political platform, a substitute for the Peace Corps, or a cult”), that an anti-Islamic Christian website writes an article specifically about the Human Terrain System, and condemns it. In the Christian Clarity Review we find an article for Oct. 8, 2008, titled, “Human Terrain Project: Multifaith lies impressed on US troops.” Apparently if anthropology were some right wing religion, then HTS would still do no better.
The main complaint appears to be that with the aid of HTS, U.S. troops are trying to win hearts and minds in the absence of Jesus Christ. In fact, the complaint is that George W. Bush has not gone far enough, and has instead bolstered Islam. One of the great sins is the imposition of an “inter-faith” ideal on U.S. troops, who themselves are imperfect carriers of Christ given the hours they spend swilling beer and gazing at porn :
The culture of interfaith and multi-faith is being forcibly impressed on US troops in the field in exactly the same type of hyped ‘psychology’ of the Vietnam era that is nothing more than occult lies and indoctrination not of the indigenous populations who do such things as bugger little boys or grow poppies to sell as heroin but of those who supposedly are taught to “use the techniques to teach peace” with such while the teachers swill beer and get internet porn off duty.
Agreed. One should never swill beer.
The Human Terrain System and Project Minerva are the “new masterpiece of Satan used against U.S. troops.” One should not think that anthropologists who oppose HTS receive any special blessings from the writers at the Christian Clarity Review — no sir, for we have been defending something that is already evil for being secular.
Minerva was the name of a pagan/Greek so-called goddess of war who actually protected or empowered none. No problem with the name in religious circles apparently as long as the project isn’t Christian. Indeed, supposedly, because Jesus Christ does not exist, and the honesty of Him as Truth can supposedly be sterilized from total reality by the zeal of the “Human Terrain Project”, all the actual lies of Satan make the sense that is common sense among those who laud the military’s latest occult offerings. Having the military use it even gives the anthropoligst an excuse to swoon over their discipline as a supposedly a pure thing being wrongly “weaponized”. No end of white papers will no doubt be written with bizarre titles defending the purity of what the anthropologist will call secular/generic “knowledge” that out to be defended from an evil use as if it were not already evil and simply complex lies they love to tell among themselves.
I take no offense at this: I have never written a white paper.
I am too tired and too amused to write a significant response here. I am curious to know if others think that the authors of the above article I quoted might not be native English speakers. (The language I spoke for the first six years of my life was not English, so I don’t intend this as a snide Anglo-centric comment.)