Posted by: Jim | May 6, 2009

Crusades Part II – Revenge of the West

Z logoI could not come up with more bizarre stories than what today’s news provides. A video was shot about a year ago as part of a documentary, and apparently leaked to Al Jazeera. The video feed is slow, but what it shows is astounding.  The video shows a group of American GIs stationed in Afghanistan, who have obtained copies of the New Testament written up in local languages, and intended to distribute them.

At the time the article was written (Monday), there had been no response from the Pentagon. However, yesterday the Pentagon did reply.

They destroyed the Bibles and are apparently distancing themselves from the entire affair. That is probably the best reaction I could hope for. Here is another link from a Christian news bureau. Comments after this article are as frightening as they are inane.  Some see this as a freedom of speech issue.

But really, if purveyors of the gospel are carrying both a Bible and a Gun, doesn’t this show their tremendous lack of persuasiveness?

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  1. I was reading this to try to understand what exactly happened…

    “Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytising, a military spokeswoman said.

    Military officials have said the bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. The soldier brought them to the bible study class where they were filmed.

    Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan. An Afghan man who converted to Christianity was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2006 but was allowed to leave the country after an international uproar.

    “It certainly is, from the United States military’s perspective, not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion, period,” chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told a Pentagon briefing on Monday. (Reporting by Peter Graff)”

    So what I can figure out is that some Bibles were sent to a Christian soldier in Afghanistan who wanted to distribute them to the locals. But the law says that our soldiers cannot proselytize so the Bibles were confiscated.

    What’s the big issue?

    I understand that rule. I don’t believe that a military mission should be used to try to convert people’s religion.

    From what I understand is that it came from the guys church. What should have happened is that the church itself should have sent the translated Bibles via other means (missionaries or other avenues) if they wanted the people to have something like this and NOT use the soldier as a means of distribution.

    Obviously we don’t want censorship (not talking about age restrictions) in America (although I’m sure there are those that do want it). We know that just having a choice to read books is a privilege that a lot of people on this planet don’t ever have.

    The person having such a book is not a big deal to me. The rules regarding the manner in which it was distributed is a wise rule in my opinion.

  2. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Missionary vocation, however instead of exposing only Christianity with this little story, why not write about the plethora of stories which illustrate how radical Islam lives its Word through terrorism on a DAILY basis.

    Seems to me you could make a much better case for religion’s role in today’s world, both good and bad instead of focusing on one.

    I agree with you and with Ted, that this is no way to spread the Word of your religion. The fact that the rest of world religion pretty much goes unnoticed in the shadow of your obvious grudge vs. Christianity, however, is a festering boil on this blog.


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