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US Army Burning Bibles

Posted by Mats on 20/05/2009

By Jihadwatch (20.05.2009)

Crusaders at work. “Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan,” from CNN, May 20 (thanks to Kapil):

(CNN) — Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.

Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation, Wright said.

“The decision was made that it was a ‘force protection’ measure to throw them away, because, if they did get out, it could be perceived by Afghans that the U.S. government or the U.S. military was trying to convert Muslims,” Wright told CNN on Tuesday.

Troops at posts in war zones are required to burn their trash, Wright said.

The Bibles were written in the languages Pashto and Dari.

This decision came to light recently, after the Al Jazeera English network aired video of a group prayer service and chapel sermon that a reporter said suggested U.S. troops were being encouraged to spread Christianity….


5 Responses to “US Army Burning Bibles”

  1. I do not understand why US troops would in any way burn bibles
    in Afghanistan.
    Who ordered the command to do so?

  2. forhimalone1 said

    Isn’t burning a Bible worse than burning a US Flag.

    If you were lost wouldn’t you like some one to give you the hope of Gods salvation?

    The very idea disgusts me.

  3. Bruce said

    It is a serious offense for a US soldier to in any way promote the spread of any religion while actively deployed in a combat zone. The bibles had to be discarded of and in their situation that meant incineration. The US Army cannot and should not be responsible for maintaining the status of a few bibles when their mission is nothing of that sort. The church that sent them should have realized the position they were putting those troops in. Soldiers aren’t missionaries and this isn’t a crusade.

  4. Lisa said

    I’m a huge christian, in fact studying to become a missionary at a local bible college. However, I am married to a marine and understand the context of what it going on, and I agree that the bibles had to be disposed of. That church endangered the troops, civilians in afghanistan, and our country by putting the troops in that situation. It’s wrong to interfere with the reason the men are over there now, they should have looked into what the policy is about the bibles before they even thought about sending them over there.

  5. Jon said

    Imagine the riots that would occur if copies of the Qur’an were burned! Only Christians and Christian material are considered as appropriate targets in our PC world.

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