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.