In Afghanistan, the U.S. Soldier as Christian Proselytizers

Monday, May 4, 2009


If you thought the work of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was to tamp down Islamic extremism, think again. The American presence in the region is becoming a new Holy war.

Newly released video footage shows U.S. soldiers being encouraged to spread the message of their Christian faith among Afghanistan’s predominantly Muslim population.

Military chaplains stationed in the U.S. air base at Bagram were also filmed with Bibles printed in the country’s main Pashto and Dari languages.

In one recorded sermon, Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, is seen telling soldiers that as followers of Jesus Christ, they all have a responsibility “to be witnesses for him”.

“The special forces guys – they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down,” he says.

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17 Responses to In Afghanistan, the U.S. Soldier as Christian Proselytizers

  1. GayLiberal says:

    Did Bush really leave office? You expect this kind of nonsence from the religious perverts, not from “Change you can believe in!” Wouldn’t it be nice if America could live up to the seperation of church and state? Once again, religion doing what it does best, divisiveness, hatred of ‘other’ peoples and the usual “my religion is better than your religion.” It just never ends!!

  2. Dean Remick says:

    I happened to see this referenced on the CNN blog so I came over to read it. I’m delighted to see your coverage of an important but I fear, largely missed story. Most Americans are blissfully unaware to learn their hard earned tax dollars are going used in Afghanistan not on regional and by extension, on national security but instead, on spreading the word of Jesus and Christianity. This was never the purpose of well-prepared and well-funded American military.

  3. woyoyo says:

    It’s after reading something like this that I’m not sure Bush is out of office.

    Does Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief, know what is going at in Afghanistan? Does he agree? Surely, he can’t possibly agree with such a military policy as this?

  4. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I can understand cunnilingus techniques.

    But pushing the baby Jesus and Christianity to these radical Muslims? Oh no — that’s where I draw the line!

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    Awww for the love of Christ…I thought they got in trouble for handing out those little christian pamphlets a few years ago. I like Mr. O’Reilly’s idea better. Or….let’s teach them not to throw rocks at little girls.

  6. bradfrmphnx says:

    This is kind of a long joke, but I thought it was funny….

    An atheist dies and wakes up to find he is in hell. He’s really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counselor. He thinks to himself “I know I lead a wild life but I wasn’t that bad. I never thought it would come to this.” Looking up he sees that it is his turn to be processed into hell. With fear and a heavy heart, he walks up to the counselor.
    Counselor: What’s the problem, you look depressed?
    Atheist: Well, what do you think? I’m in hell.
    Counselor: Hell’s not so bad, we actually have a lot of fun. Do you like to drink?
    Atheist: Sure, I love to drink.
    Counselor: Well then, you are going to love Mondays. On Mondays we drink up a storm. You can have whiskey, rum, tequila, beer, whatever you want and as much a you want. We party all night long. You’ll love Mondays. Do you smoke?
    Atheist: Yes, as a matter of fact I do.
    Counselor: You are going to love Tuesdays. Tuesday is smoke day. You get to smoke the finest cigars and best cigarettes available anywhere. And you smoke to your heart’s desire without worrying about cancer because you are already dead! Is that great or what? You are going to love Tuesdays. Do you do drugs?
    Atheist: Well in my younger days I experimented a little.
    Counselor: You are going to love Wednesdays. That’s drug day. You can experiment with any drug you want and you don’t have to worry about overdoses or getting hooked because you are already dead. You are going to love Wednesdays. Do you gamble?
    Atheist: Yes, I love to gamble.
    Counselor: You are going to love Thursdays because we gamble all day and night — black jack, craps, poker, slots, horse races, everything! You are going to love Thursdays. Are you gay?
    Atheist: Uhh…no.
    Counselor: Oh , you’re gonna hate Fridays…

  7. I hope you all are aware of The Military Religious Freedom Foundation…

  8. Estacada says:

    What’s more Christian than bombs, machine guns and rifles?

    I thought the “white man’s burden” went the way of European colonialism. I guess not.

    All those years we had neocons like Cheney, and Rumsfeld, and Bush, and Rice, staunchly claim “ours is not a war against Islam.”

    Turns out they were liars after all.

  9. TOM339 says:

    All those years we had neocons like Cheney, and Rumsfeld, and Bush, and Rice, staunchly claim “ours is not a war against Islam.”

    Of course, it was a war against Islam.

    You can’t separate Islam and Oil as our motivation to have 165,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Someone said this would be a Hundred Years War and I believe they are telling the truth. Obama has demonstrated no desire to take the country in a different direction vis a vis Afghanistan. If anything, he wants to escalate our presence there and pick-up where Bush left off.

    After Afghanistan, the next stop for these New World Order kooks is Pakistan. Or, as Obama likes to say, “Paw-ki-stawn.”

  10. Dmitris says:

    Onward Christian soldiers. It’s the new Crusades.

  11. feminazi says:

    I have no doubt the neoconservatives driving our involvement in the region are at least partially motivated to replace Islam with Christianity. It may be subtle or blatant — in either case, it’s a fact and not appropriate behavior in my opinion.

  12. Fran says:

    That’s got *Jihad* written all over it!

  13. JollyRoger says:

    It is unclear whether or not these practices continue now. What IS clear is that these Jesusistani officers need to face court-martial for their patently illegal and dangerous activities.

  14. Joe in Colorado says:

    We have no business or right trying to reshape the religious beliefs of a nation we’re occupying. The Mormons did this in Hawaii 150 years ago. It didn’t work out too well for them either. The Europeans tried to save the savages in the occupied New World of North America. Of course, may died of diseases the Native Americans had no immunity to. We never learn, do we?

  15. Rachel says:

    Bill Hussein O’Reilly – Never have I encountered a worse sexist pig on the blogs than you but for some reason you make me laugh and I have to agree with you.

  16. JD says:

    A careful viewing of the video shows it is not necessarily what al Jazeera claims it is. Context is important, as the military has said.

  17. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I agree with you, JD. Context is important.

    As a retired Marine who served in the first Gulf war under Poppy Bush, I can tell you contextually and factually that the Pentagon budgeted U.S. tax dollars to buy Bibles for us to have on hand to give out free of charge to anyone in Kuwait who expressed interest in the baby Jesus. I thought it was bizarre then and I think it’s inappropriate today.

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