Ryan Grim firstname.lastname@example.org | HuffPost 05/ 4/09 02:24 PM
Soldiers In Afghanistan Given Bibles, Told To "Hunt People For Jesus"
A U.S. church raised money to send Bibles, printed in the Pashtu and Dari languages, to American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, a report on Al Jazeera documented Sunday night.
It is against military rules to proselytize -- a regulation one of the soldiers filmed by the network readily acknowledged. "You cannot proselytize, but you can give gifts," says the soldier. It is a crime in Afghanistan to attempt to convert anyone from Islam to any other religion. "I also want to praise God because my church collected some money to get Bibles for Afghanistan. They came and sent the money out." The footage is said to be roughly a year old.
The Al Jazeera report also shows a military preacher urging army parishioners to "hunt people for Jesus."
My question: those New Testament "Bibles" and supposedly full Bibles are very, very small. Is Pashtu that succinct of a language? Are the Muslim Afghanis tiny people? Does it come with a microscope? Is this the Reader's Digest Version of the Bible?
And this thing about "hunting for people." Do you bring them back to camp hanging from a pole shouldered (front and back) by soldiers? Can you set traps? Do you need a license? Is there a specific season?
Seriously, it's rather insulting for a foreign soldier to tell you that he has a gift for you* and you find out that it's the book being used as justification to kill you. In Afghanistan, it's illegal for anyone to proselytize. And it's illegal to be an apostate.
Just what are these idiots doing?
Just a thought.
* Rev. Rod Parsley would rather soldiers give them a bullet...in the head.