Friday, May 8, 2009

MIlitary Destroys Bibles Meant for Afghanistan

A US church sent some ethnic language Bibles to a soldier stationed in Afghanistan to distribute to the people there. General Order 1 prohibits soldiers from proslytizing, but Lt. Col. Gary Hensley, who until recently was the Army command chaplain in Afghanistan, was seen on video preaching at a highly charged religious service, telling the soldiers they have a responsibility “to be witnesses for him [Christ].” (Link from Rob Boston.)

“The special forces guys, they hunt men basically,” Hensley says. “We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down. Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”

When the video aired on Al Jazeera showing the US soldiers trying to distribute the Bibles & talking about evangelism, there was quite a protest from the Islamic community who said the video supported the charge that the US is launching another Crusade, & the war is religiously motivated.

Now the military says the Bibles were destroyed & the video was an isolated incident, one that won't be repeated.

Baptist Joint Committee news link

Chris Rodda, historian with MRFF

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