Commentary

Top Ten Ways to Convince Muslims We’re On a Religious Crusade

10. Have top U.S. military officers, Defense Department officials, and politicians say we’re in a religious war

As many will remember, we couldn’t have gotten off to a better start on winning hearts and minds when Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, on his speaking tour of churches back in 2003, publicly and in uniform proclaimed that the so-called war on terror was really a fight between Satan and Christians, making comments like, “We in the Army of God, in the House of God, the Kingdom of God have been raised for such a time as this,” saying that George Bush, who himself had ignorantly called the war a crusade, was “in the White House because God put him there,” and, referring to the capture of Somali warlord Osman Atto, “I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol.”

Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting in his hometown of Concord, North Carolina in December 2006, one of Boykin’s supporters in the aftermath of his comments, former Congressman Robin Hayes (R-NC), pronounced that stability in Iraq ultimately depended on “spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. …Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.”

While few are as overt in their comments as Boykin and Hayes, plenty of other representatives of our government have made it clear that they view the United States as a Christian nation and the war on terror as a spiritual battle, promoting the specious notion that victory in Iraq and Afghanistan is somehow necessary to preserve our own religious freedom here in America.

From members of Congress, like Trent Franks (R-AZ), who, in his remarks on the passage of H. Res. 847, a resolution “recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith,” said that “…American men and women in uniform are fighting a battle across the world so that all Americans might continue to freely exercise their faith…,” to the most recent Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, who, in his commencement address at last year’s West Point graduation, invoked the words of Thomas Jefferson, saying that Jefferson would understand the threat we face today — tyranny in the name of religion.”

Geren quoted a few words from Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and then continued, “Two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson penned these words, your sons and daughters are fighting to protect our citizens and people around the world from zealots who would restrain, molest, burden, and cause to suffer those who do not share their religious beliefs, deny us, whom they call infidels, our unalienable rights — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Neither Franks or Geren, nor anyone else who has suggested the war in Iraq is essential to the protection of the religious freedom of “our citizens,” has offered any explanation of how the outcome of this war could possibly affect the free exercise of religion by Americans.

While none were as widely publicized as those of Boykin, all of these statements, and many others like them, can easily be found on the internet. Hayes’s Rotary Club meeting remarks, for example, after being published in a few North Carolina newspapers, were reported on the blog BlueNC, and quickly spread through the blogosphere, turning a speech at a local Rotary Club meeting into a national story. Lt. Col. Rick Francona, USAF (ret.), when asked on MSNBC, “What’s your reaction when you hear those words coming from a congressman?,” explained why comments like these were such a problem.

“Well, it’s not helpful if this stuff gets back to the Iraqis, and of course in the days of the internet and the blogosphere out there it’s likely that it could. And you know our troops have enough problems over there just doing their jobs. Having to defend what a U.S. congressman might say, because you know, when you bring up the idea of proselytizing Christianity, to a lot of Muslims, that’s very offensive, and if we can keep religion out of what we’re trying to do over there, which is very difficult, it would be a lot easier for our troops. … When you’ve got a congressman saying that the country — they’re not going to solve their problems until they follow the ways of the savior, it becomes very difficult for the troops to defend those remarks. [...] If you’re trying to be a unit trainer to, say, an Iraqi battalion and the battalion religious advisor, the imam, would come in and say look what a congressman said, it just takes away from what we’re trying to do.”

9. Have top U.S. military officers appear in a video showing just how Christian the Pentagon is

In addition to inadvertently providing propaganda material to our enemies, public endorsements of Christianity by U.S. military leaders can also cause concern among our Muslim allies.

When Air Force Maj. Gen. Pete Sutton decided in 2004 to appear in uniform at the Pentagon in the Campus Crusade for Christ Christian Embassy promotional video, a video full of government officials and high ranking military officers saying things like “we’re the aroma of Jesus Christ,” he probably didn’t give any thought to the potential ramifications of publicly endorsing this fundamentalist religious organization. But, not long after appearing in this video, Sutton was assigned to the U.S. European Command, Ankara, Turkey, as Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation. Here’s what happened, according to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s report on the Christian Embassy video investigation.

“Maj Gen Sutton testified that while in Turkey in his current duty position, his Turkish driver approached him with an article in the Turkish newspaper ‘Sabah.’ That article featured a photograph of Maj Gen Sutton in uniform and described him as a member of a radical fundamentalist sect. The article in the online edition of Sabah also included still photographs taken from the Christian Embassy video. Maj Gen Sutton’s duties in Ankara included establishing good relations with his counterparts on the Turkish General Staff. Maj Gen Sutton testified that Turkey is a predominantly Muslim nation, with religious matters being kept strictly separate from matters of state. He said that when the article was published in Sabah, it caused his Turkish counterparts concern and a number of Turkish general officers asked him to explain his participation in the video.”

In addition to the Christian Embassy video, theMilitary Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has uncovered a slew of other videos of uniformed military personnel endorsing fundamentalist Christian organizations and military ministries, many of which have missions that include proselytizing Muslims. These videos are easily found on the internet, providing plenty of potential propaganda material for recruiting by extremists.

8. Plant crosses in Muslim lands and make sure they’re big enough to be visible from really far away

As Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf recounted in his autobiography, It Doesn’t Take a Hero, back in 1990, when U.S. troops were deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield, an attempt by a Christian missionary organization to use the military to proselytize Saudi Muslims led the Pentagon to issue strict guidelines on religious activities and displays of religion in the region. It was left to the discretion of individual company commanders to determine how visible religious services should be, depending on their particular location’s proximity to Saudi populations, and, in some cases, decisions not to display crucifixes or other religious symbols were made.

There were a few complaints about these decisions, but the majority of the troops willingly complied, understanding that these decisions were being made for their own security. According to Gen. Schwarzkopf, even his request that chaplains refrain from wearing crosses on their uniforms was received an unexpectedly positive reaction, with the chaplains not only agreeing with the policy, but going a step further by calling themselves “morale officers” rather than chaplains.

But now, in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gen. Schwarzkopf’s common sense policies and priority of keeping the troops safe have been replaced by a flaunting of Christianity in these Muslim lands by Christian troops and chaplains who feel that nothing comes before their right to exercise their religion, even if it means putting the safety of their fellow troops at risk. Numerous reports and photos received by MRFF, like the one below, as well as photos posted on official military websites, show conspicuously displayed Christian symbols, such as large crosses, being erected on and around our military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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These large Christian murals were painted on the outside of the T-barriers surrounding the chapel on FOB Warhorse in Iraq. In addition to being a highly visible display of Christianity to Iraqis on the base, these photos were posted on an official military website. It is even more important that the Army regulation prohibiting displays of any particular religion on the grounds of an Army chapel, a regulation that protects the religious freedom of our soldiers by keeping chapels neutral and open to soldiers of all faiths, be strictly enforced on our bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, as these and other photos collected by MRFF clearly show, violations of this regulation that probably wouldn’t even be tolerated on bases in the U.S. are not only tolerated but promoted on our bases in Muslim countries.

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7. Paint crosses and Christian messages on military vehicles and drive them through Iraq

For those Iraqis who may not see the overt displays of Christianity on and near our military bases in their country, there have been plenty of mobile Christian messages, painted on our tanks and other vehicles that patrol their streets.

The title of Jeff Sharlet’s May 2009 Harper’s Magazine cover story, “Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military,” actually comes from one such vehicular message — the words “Jesus killed Mohammed” painted in large red Arabic lettering on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, drawing fire from nearly every doorway as it was driven through Samarra. Other vehicles have sported everything from the Islamic crescent overlaid with the internationally recognized red circle and slash “No” sign to crosses hanging from gun barrels. The photo below of the tank named “New Testament” was actually released by a military public relations office.

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6. Make sure that our Christian soldiers and chaplains see the war as a way to fulfill the Great Commission

Iraq is crawling with missionaries and evangelists, both civilian and military, who show little or no regard for laws or military regulations. Why? Because, in their opinion, the “Great Commission” from Matthew 28:19 — “Go and make disciples of all nations” — trumps all man-made laws. It’s hard to find a military ministry whose mission statement doesn’t, in one way or another, include fulfilling the Great Commission.

Campus Crusade for Christ’s (CCC) Military Ministry, for example, whose goal is to transform our enlisted trainees and future officers into “government-paid missionaries for Christ,” is present at all of our military’s largest basic training facilities, as well as the military service academies and ROTC campuses. The “Vision” of another organization, Military Missions Network, is “An expanding global network of kingdom-minded movements of evangelism and discipleship reaching the world through the military of the world.”

Organizations like CCC’s Military Ministry could not succeed in their goals without the sanction and aid of the military commanders who allow them to conduct their missionary recruiting activities on their installations. And there is no shortage of military officers who not only condone, but participate in and promote, these activities. The Officers’ Christian Fellowship, an organization consisting of over 15,000 officers and operating on virtually every U.S. military installation worldwide, which has frequently stated its mission to “create a spiritually transformed U.S. military, with Ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit,” has actually partnered with CCC’s Military Ministry.

Describing the duties of a CCC Military Ministry position at Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston, for example, the organization’s website stated:

“Responsibilities include working with Chaplains and Military personnel to bring lost soldiers closer to Christ, build them in their faith and send them out into the world as government paid missionaries.”

Similar statements can be found for each of the many CCC Military Ministry many divisions, like this one from their Valor ministry, which targets future officers on ROTC campuses:

“The Valor ROTC cadet and midshipman ministry reaches our future military leaders at their initial entry points on college campuses, helps them grow in their faith, then sends them to their first duty assignments throughout the world as ‘government-paid missionaries for Christ.'”

A former CCC program director at the Air Force Academy, Scott Blum, said in a promotional video filmed at the Academy, CCC’s purpose is to “make Jesus Christ the issue at the Academy” and for the cadets to be “government paid missionaries” by the time they leave.

A Military Ministry instruction manual uncovered by MRFF in 2007 couldn’t be more clear that CCC’s mission is not simply to provide Bible studies to allow Christians in the military to exercise their religion. The manual states flat out:

“We should never be satised with just having Bible studies of like-minded believers. We need to take seriously the Great Commission.”

All of the above quotes, as well as the video filmed at the Air Force Academy, were found by MRFF on the internet, which, of course, means that any extremist looking for recruiting tools could also find this proof that our military is being groomed to be a force of crusaders.

5. Post photos on the internet of U.S. soldiers with their rifles and Bibles

Turning our military into missionaries and crusaders naturally requires a good degree of indoctrination, and CCC’s Military Ministry knows how to indoctrinate. Basic training installations and the military service academies are what they call “gateways” — the places that young and vulnerable military personnel pass through early in their careers. The following explanation of its “gateway” strategy appeared on CCC’s Military Ministry website in 2002:

“Young recruits are under great pressure as they enter the military at their initial training gateways. The demands of drill instructors push recruits and new cadets to the edge. This is why they are most open to the ‘good news.’ We target specific locations, like Lackland AFB and Fort Jackson, where large numbers of military members transition early in their career. These sites are excellent locations to pursue our strategic goals.”

According to Maj. Gen. Bob Dees, U.S. Army (ret.), the Executive Director of CCC’s Military Ministry, in the October 2005 issue of the organization’s Life and Leadership newsletter:

“We must pursue our particular means for transforming the nation — through the military. And the military may well be the most influential way to affect that spiritual superstructure. Militaries exercise, generally speaking, the most intensive and purposeful indoctrination program of citizens….”

The indoctrination of basic trainees at Fort Jackson, the Army’s largest basic training installation, is a program called “God’s Basic Training,” in which the recruits are taught that “The Military = ‘God’s Ministers'” and that one of their responsibilities is “To punish those who do evil” as “God’s servant, an angel of wrath.”

Until being exposed by MRFF and taken down, the Fort Jackson CCC Military Ministry had a website containing not only its Bible study materials, but numerous photos of trainees posed with their rifles and Bibles. This was not only allowed by the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Snodgrass, but was endorsed by Snodgrass by the appearance on the site of his own photo, posing with the Military Ministry director and battalion chaplain.

This is from one of the group photos that were on the Fort Jackson Military Ministry website:

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Obviously, no explanation is necessary to see the propaganda value of photos like this.

4. Invite virulently anti-Muslim speakers to lecture at our military colleges and service academies

In June 2007, Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the American Congress for Truth and author of Because They Hate, delivered one of her typical anti-Muslim lectures at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC). In February 2008, Walid Shoebat, along with his fellow self-proclaimed ex-terrorists turned fundamentalist Christians, appeared at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 50th Annual Academy Assembly.

Gabriel’s JFSC lecture, including the following quotes from the question and answer segment, was broadcast to the world on C-SPAN.

In answer to the question, “Should we resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation?,” Gabriel replied:

“Absolutely. If a Muslim who has — who is — a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day — this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”

As part of her answer to this same question, Gabriel asserted that a Muslim’s oath of office is meaningless, giving the following reason:

“A Muslim is allowed to lie under any situation to make Islam, or for the benefit of Islam in the long run. A Muslm sworn to office can lay his hand on the Koran and say ‘I swear that I’m telling the truth and nothing but the truth,’ fully knowing that he is lying because the same Koran that he is swearing on justifies his lying in order to advance the cause of Islam. What is worrisome about that is when we are faced with war and a Muslim political official in office has to make a decision either in the interest of the United States, which is considered infidel according to the teachings of Islam, and our Constitution is uncompatible [sic] with Islam — not compatible — that Muslim in office will always have his loyalty to Islam.”

Here’s what Gabriel had to say about terrorists entering the U.S. from Mexico:

“Those Al Qaeda members and Hezbollah members who are coming into the United States, they are immediately going from the Mexican border into the major cities where there is large Islamic concentration in the United States, such as ‘Dearbornistan’ Michigan…”

And, on the Islamic community in the U.S. and racial profiling:

“We need to see more patriotism and less terrorism, and especially on the part of the Islamic community in this country, who are good at nothing but complaining about every single thing instead of standing up and working with us in fighting the enemy in our country.”

Just as outrageous as Gabriel’s JFSC lecture was the February 2008 appearance of the “three ex-terrorists” at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The three members of this traveling anti-Muslim sideshow, Walid Shoebat, Zachariah Anani, and and Kamal Saleem, whose claims about their exploits as Muslim terrorists have long been questioned by academics and terrorism experts who have found a plethora of unlikelihoods and outright impossibilities in their stories, were featured speakers at the 50th Annual Academy Assembly on the topic “Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions for Today’s Plague of Violence.”

Shoebat has also spoken at Tim LaHaye’s Pre-Trib (Pre-Tribulation) Research Center conferences and John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) events. Zachariah Anani is a Lebanese-born Canadian citizen who claims to have killed 223 people while a Muslim terrorist. Kamal Saleem, under his real name, Khodor Shami, worked for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network for sixteen years, was hired by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family in 2003, and founded Koome Ministries in 2006 to “expose the true agenda of [Muslims] who would deceive our nation and the free nations of the world.”

Brigitte Gabriel’s anti-Muslim screed at the JFSC eventually ended up on YouTube, and articles about the ex-terrorists’ Air Force Academy presentation, which included things like Walid Shoebat’s pronouncement that converting Muslims to Christianity was a good way to defeat terrorism, also ended up online, providing plenty of proof that the U.S. military’s training includes teaching cadets, officers, and senior NCOs that Islam is evil and must be stopped.

3. Have a Christian TV network broadcast to the world that the military is helping missionaries convert Muslims

Travel the Road, a popular Christian reality TV series that airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), follows the travels of Will Decker and Tim Scott, two “extreme” missionaries who travel to remote, and often dangerous, parts of the world to fulfill their two part mission to “1. Vigorously spread the gospel to people who are either cut off from active mission work, or have never heard the gospel,” and “2. Produce dynamic media content to display the life of missions, and thus, through these episodic series electrify a new generation to accomplish the Great Commission.”

Season two of the series ended with three episodes filmed in Afghanistan. To film these episodes with the aid and participation of the U.S. Army, the TV show missionaries were permitted to be embedded with U.S. troops as “journalists.” They stayed on U.S. military bases, traveled with a public affairs unit, and accompanied and filmed troops on patrols — all for the purposes of evangelizing Afghan Muslims and producing a television show promoting the Christian religion.

The Department of Defense Public Affairs regulations violated by the military in its participation and assistance in producing this religious program alone are staggering, not to mention the regulations governing embedded journalists, the laws of Afghanistan, and other military violations documented in the content of the program, which included an outrageous violation of the CENTCOM’s General Order 1-A, which absolutely prohibits any proselytizing whatsoever in the Middle Eastern theater of operations.

In complete disregard of this bedrock standing order, the U.S. Army facilitated the evangelizing of Afghans by these Christian missionaries, which included the distribution of New Testaments in the Dari language, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. According to ABC News Nightline, which did a segment on the missionaries after MRFF first exposed that the Army had allowed them to be embedded and aided them in their mission, “Decker and Scott said the military was aware of the purpose of their trip.” In the interview Scott stated, “They knew what we were doing. We told them that we were born again Christians, we’re here doing ministry, we shoot for this TV station and we want to embed and see what it was like.”

As these video clips from the program show, the missionaries were able to just waltz into Afghanistan, without any of the advance approval and planning required for embedded journalists, and, within two days, be embedded with an Army unit.

While the Army’s participation in the Travel the Road program, which, according to a Travel the Road publication, is viewed by more than three million people worldwide, is the most incredible example of the stupidity of broadcasting to the world that the U.S. military was aiding missionaries who were trying to convert Muslims, it is far from the only example. On September 10, 2008, the Discovery Channel’s Military Channel aired a two-hour program titled God’s Soldier. Filmed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) McHenry in Hawijah, Iraq, the program’s credits say it was “Produced with the full co-operation of the 2-27 Infantry Battalion ‘Wolfhounds.'”

The co-producer of God’s Soldier was Jerusalem Productions, a British production company whose “primary aim is to increase understanding and knowledge of the Christian religion and to promote Christian values, via the broadcast media, to as wide an audience as possible.”

Bible verse text captions appearing between segments of this two-hour program, which focused on a evangelical Christian chaplain, Capt. Charles Popov, included “I did not come to bring peace, but the sword” and “Put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may stand your ground.”

This was one of Popov’s prayers, from a scene in which he was blessing a group of soldiers about to go out on a patrol:

“I pray that you would give them the ability to exterminate the enemy and to accomplish the task that they’re been sent forth by God and country to do. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.”

That prayer is followed by a scene in which Popov, sounding an awful lot like the Campus Crusade Bible study described above, says to the soldiers:

“Every soldier should know Romans 13, that the government is set up by God, and the magistrate, or the one who wields the sword — you have not swords but 50 cals and [unintelligible] like that — does not yield it in vain because the magistrate has been called, as you, to execute wrath upon those who do evil.”

The scene that tops them all, however, is one in which Chaplain Popov is setting up a nativity pageant for Christmas — using the unit’s Iraqi interpreters to play some of the roles. Popov describes this as some sort of cultural exchange, with U.S. troops recognizing Ramadan, and Muslim interpreters, in turn, celebrating Christmas. The stupidity of this is astounding. U.S. soldiers participating in a Muslim religious observance are not risking death by doing so, while Muslims, in a country where many consider converting to Christianity a death penalty offense, are. Broadcasting to the world via the Discovery Channel that U.S. Army personnel were putting Muslims in a Christmas pageant is absolute insanity, and couldn’t be a better recruiting tool for extremists.

2. Make sure Bibles and evangelizing materials sent to Muslim lands have official U.S. military emblems on them

What better way to say to Muslims that the U.S. military is not officially Christian than to have official U.S. military emblems stamped on hundreds of thousands of Bibles floating around Iraq and Afghanistan?

Over the past few years, MRFF has amassed quite a collection of military Bibles — some produced by private organizations and others officially authorized by the military — prominently sporting the seals of the various branches of the military and other official military emblems. The latest addition to the collection is a photo from an officer serving in Iraq, who emailed this photo of a Bible being distributed in Iraq with both the Multi-National Corps – Iraq and I Corps seals imprinted on its cover.

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And, it isn’t just Bibles. Chief Warrant Officer Rene Llanos of the 101st Airborne Division, referring to a special military edition of a Bible study daily devotional published and donated by Bible Pathways Ministries, told Mission Network News that “the soldiers who are patrolling and walking the streets are taking along this copy, and they’re using it to minister to the local residents,” and that his “division is also getting ready to head toward Afghanistan, so there will be copies heading out with the soldiers.”

Just like the many civilian missionaries who see the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a window of opportunity to evangelize Muslims, Llanos continued, “The soldiers are being placed in strategic places with a purpose. They’re continuing to spread the Word.” This daily devotional, admittedly being used by the 101st Airborne Division “to minister to the local residents,” has the official military branch seals on its cover, giving the impression that it is an official U.S. military publication. And, while these logos are sometimes used without permission, and may have been on this particular book, the Iraqis and Afghans don’t know that.

Then there are the Bibles sporting the official military logos that actually were produced with the permission of the Pentagon, one of them designed by the Pentagon chaplains. Revival Fires Ministries, “at the request of the Chief Chaplains of the Pentagon,” has been shipping these Bibles to Iraq, via military airlift, since 2003, and, according to a ministry press release, this “full Bible is designed and authorized by the Chief Chaplains of the Pentagon.”

The poster boy for promoting these Bibles is Navy chaplain LCDR Brian K. Waite, who has appeared in uniform at three of the annual campmeetings of Revival Fires founder Cecil Todd, and endorses the ministry, also in uniform, on the websites of both Cecil Todd and his son, evangelist Tim Todd. Just prior to becoming a Navy chaplain, LCDR Waite wrote a virulently anti-Muslim book, in which he held the religion of Islam itself responsible for terrorism, and compared Islam, which he doesn’t even consider a real religion, to Nazism.

Not long after his book came out, it was revealed that he had plagiarized much of the book and fabricated some of the endorsements on its cover. Not only does Cecil Todd clearly hold the same anti-Muslim views expressed by Waite in his book, but so does his son Tim Todd. In fact, Waite’s photo and endorsement of those Pentagon endorsed military Bibles appeared right next to the following statement on the younger Todd’s website:

“We must let the Muslims, the Hare Krishna’s, the Hindu’s, the Buddhist’s and all other cults and false religions know, ‘You are welcome to live in America…but this is a Christian nation…this is God’s country! If you don’t like our emphasis on Christ, prayer and the Holy Bible, you are free to leave anytime!'”

1. Send lots of Arabic, Dari, and Pashtu language Bibles to convert the Muslims

Worse than any English language Bibles, even those stamped with official U.S. military emblems, are the countless thousands of Arabic, Dari, and Pashtu Bibles making their way into Iraq and Afghanistan, often with the help of U.S. military personnel.

In his autobiography, It Doesn’t Take a Hero, Gen. Schwarzkopf recounted his run in with Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse — an incident that made it clear that the Saudis’ fears and complaints of Christian evangelizing were not unfounded. While some of the Saudis’ fears, as the general explained, had resulted from Iraqi propaganda about American troops disrespecting Islamic shrines, the attempt by Samaritan’s Purse to get U.S. troops to distribute tens of thousands of Arabic language New Testaments to Muslims was real.

“The Saudi concern about religious pollution seemed overblown to me but understandable, and on a few occasions I agreed they really did have a gripe. There was a fundamentalist Christian group in North Carolina called Samaritan’s Purse that had the bright idea of sending unsolicited copies of the New Testament in Arabic to our troops. A little note with each book read: ‘Enclosed is a copy of the New Testament in the Arab language. You may want to get a Saudi friend to help you to read it.’ One day Khalid* handed me a copy. ‘What is this all about?’ he asked mildly. This time he didn’t need to protest — he knew how dismayed I’d be.”

*Lt. Gen. Khalid Bin Sultan al-Saud, commander of Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces, appointed by King Fahd as Gen. Schwarzkopf’s counterpart.

This was the incident that, as mentioned above, led to the implementation of strict guidelines on religious activities of military personnel. As also mentioned above, the adherence to and enforcement of regulations clearly aren’t what they were back then.

Converting the Iraqis and Afghans is a pet project of numerous private organizations (some with the help of the military), as well as military personnel and military organizations. Some missionaries even take jobs with DoD contractors to gain access to the Iraqi people. All have found ways to circumvent the prohibitions on sending religious materials contrary to Islam into the region. There are literally thousands of people involved, and hundreds of thousands of Arabic and other native language Bibles, tracts, videos, and audio cassettes have made their way into Iraq and Afghanistan, along with Christian comic books, coloring books, and other materials to evangelize Muslim children.

A recent Al Jazeera English news report showed U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan discussing the distribution of Dari and Pashtu language Bibles to the local Afghans, a blatant violation of CENTCOM’s General Order 1-A. The video showed stacks of these Bibles on the floor, so they were undeniably there, despite the regulations prohibiting the shipping to Iraq or Afghanistan of any bulk religious materials contrary to Islam.

In the Spring 2004 issue of “Gatherings,” the newsletter of the International Ministerial Fellowship (IMF), Army chaplain Capt. Steve Mickel described the evangelizing he was doing while passing out food in the predominantly Sunni village of Ad Dawr:

“I am able to give them tracts on how to be saved, printed in Arabic. I wish I had enough Arabic Bibles to give them as well. The issue of mailing Arabic Bibles into Iraq from the U.S. is difficult (given the current postal regulations prohibiting all religious materials contrary to Islam except for personal use of the soldiers). But the hunger for the Word of God in Iraq is very great, as I have witnessed first-hand.”

Obviously, by citing the regulation prohibiting the materials he was passing out as something that was hindering his proselytizing, Capt. Mickel was admitting that he knew what he was doing violated regulations.

Another Army chaplain, Lt. Col. Lyn Brown, in an article titled “Kingdom Building in Combat Boots,” stated:

“But the most amazing thing is that I was constantly led to stop and talk with Iraqis working at the Coalition Provisional Authority. I learned their names, became a part of their lives, and shared Jesus Christ by distributing DVDs and Arabic Bibles.”

The private organizations sending Arabic Bibles and those in other native languages into Iraq and Afghanistan are too many to count, and many boast of the help they get from military personnel to distribute these Bibles. Here are a few quotes from some of these organizations.

“OnlyOneCross.com recently sent a case of Arabic Bibles to a Brother who is working in a detention center in Iraq.”

The Salvation Evangelistic Association, which has soldiers in Iraq that their ministry converted at Fort Leonard Wood, now has these soldiers distributing the Arabic Bibles for them:

“Many young men in training at Fort Leonard Wood were converted to Christ. The Lord led us on to preaching in Army camps in the US, Korea, and the Philippines. We are now supplying Arabic Bibles for distribution by our troops in Iraq.”

But, topping the stupidity list, we have a Lt. Col. who was being so stupid that a missionary had to tell him that he was putting his troops and other people in danger. The missionary was from Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, which had already shipped 20,000 Arabic “Soul-Winning Booklets” into Iraq, with more on the way. This Lt. Col., who knew the missionary from the states, went to his hotel and offered to use his troops to protect the people who were attempting to convert the Muslims. This is from the insane story of what this genius of an officer did to meet with the missionary, copied from the ministry’s website:

“On another note, a dear Christian friend, that I had met some ten years prior, who was a deacon of an independent Baptist church in Missouri was also in Iraq. I was totally unaware of this. He was in the Missouri National Guard and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonial. Col. Koontze immediately contacted me when he found out I was in country. He was made aware of my being in Baghdad by a pastor friend of his that he had spoken with in the states.

“Through his command intelligence office, he located the hotel I was staying at. When he came to the hotel, I was sitting outside with the other pastors on the hotel’s terrace, waiting for Robert Lewis [Global Resource Group-Director], who was going to meet with us that afternoon. Col. Koontze must have had 15-20 soldiers with him; they literally blocked off the entire city block with tanks and humvees to secure the area. He then walked into the lobby asking if anyone could tell him where Pastor Furse was. As he was saying those words, he spotted me and immediately said, “It’s good to see you again Bro. Furse.” At first, I did not recognize him, until he took his helmet off. We spoke for about 20 minutes at one of the tables on the terrace of the hotel; all the while the tanks and humvees were being lined up and down the main street in front of the hotel. After renewing acquaintances, I had to tell him that it would probably be best if he and his unit left as soon as possible.

“The Iraqi people in the hotel and those on the street were to say the least, very concerned. I did not want to bring that much attention to the hotel; for fear that terrorists would target the area as well [over the previous four or five days, we had heard sporadic AK-47 gunfire going off just blocks away from the hotel]. Col. Koontze agreed fully with me on that assessment and ordered his unit to leave quietly and as quickly as possible.”

There are also videos, like the one below of a chaplain admitting that Swahili language Bibles are being sent in to Iraq to evangelize the Ugandan workers employed by the U.S. military. In this video, from Soldiers Bible Ministry, Army chaplain Capt. Chris Rusack boasts about managing to get the Swahili Bibles into Iraq, in spite of the regulations prohibiting this. Referring to this shipment of Bibles, Chaplain Rusack said:

“Actually, they’re in Baghdad right now. Somehow the enemy tried to get ‘em hung up there. There was a threat they were gonna get shipped back to the States and all that. We prayed, and they’re gonna be picked up in a couple of days. God raised someone up right there in Baghdad that’s gonna go — a Christian colonel that’s stationed there in Baghdad, and he’s gonna go and get the Bibles…”

Last April, Soldiers Bible Ministry entered into an official partnership with an organization called Heart of God International Ministries. To announce this partnership, Heart of God International Ministries sent out an email about Soldiers Bible Ministry, featuring the Swahili Bible story as an example of the “supernatural things God is doing in Iraq.”

“Right now there are about 200 men from Uganda protecting 100 US Army soldiers in Iraq near Babylon. These men from Uganda have been having dreams, and these dreams have been of Jesus Christ as the Messiah which led them to begin asking questions about Christ to the Chaplain. Many of these former Muslims have come to Christ.”

The email ended with this fund raising pitch for Soldiers Bible Ministry:

“The signs of the times are all around us … Jesus, the Messiah, is coming back soon. It is our responsibility to make sure every man, woman, and child has had the opportunity to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. Seize every opportunity to share the Good News … seize this opportunity to put the Word of God into the hands of US troops and allied forces.”

In spite of their blatant violations of military regulations, Soldiers Bible Ministry is heartily endorsed by none other than the Army’s Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, with this statement on their website: “Thanks so much for your invaluable ministry of the Word to our Soldiers.”

In addition to Bibles, other Arabic language Christian books are being shipped into Iraq and Afghanistan for distribution by our troops. The January 2009 newsletter of Worldwide Military Baptist Missions, for example, included these images of their English-Arabic proselytizing materials.

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This is from the caption for these photos:

“In 2008, we shipped over 226,000 gospel tracts, 21,000 Bibles, New Testaments and gospels of John (to include English-Arabic ones!) and 404 ‘discipleship kits’ to service members & churches for use in war zones, on ships and near military bases around the world.”

And, last, but certainly not least, there is Jim Ammerman, a retired Army colonel and conspiracy theorist who heads a Department of Defense authorized military chaplain endorsing agency called the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches (CFGC), which currently endorses 270 military chaplains and chaplain candidates.

MRFF has demanded, for a number of reasons, that the DoD investigate CFGC and revoke Mr. Ammerman’s endorsing authority, as I wrote in a recent post titled “MRFF Demands DoD Revoke Authority of Chaplain Endorser Who Suggested Democrats Should Be Executed.”

Among the reasons for MRFF’s demands is that Ammerman, working with an organization called the International Missions Network Center (IMNC), set up a network of forty of his chaplains serving in Iraq to receive and distribute Arabic Bibles in order to “establish a wedge for the kingdom of God in the Middle East, directly affecting the Islamic world,” as he said in one of the CFGC’s newsletters, and which IMNC called the “true reconstruction” of Iraq.

Chris Rodda is the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and the author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History.

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26 Responses for “Top Ten Ways to Convince Muslims We’re On a Religious Crusade”

  1. The battle of yarmouk, the battle at manzikert will come back

  2. dobropet says:

    The battle of Salamis, the battle at Plataea will come back.

  3. The battle of Poo Poo Headed Leftists, the battle of 7th century death cultists will come back.

  4. Patriot says:

    Well, there are a couple easily identifiable problems here which show that lack of research is truly a disease in the lefty circles.

    1. Author apparently thinks that because these men from Uganda are black and from Africa, then they are obviously muslims. WRONG! Had he researched, he would know that Uganda is over 90% Christian/Catholic. How typical of the lefty’s to don their inflammatory comment spray guns and paint the nation red without checking their sources.

    2. The Ugandans in this story personally requested bibles written in Swahili instead of the english copies they ALREADY HAD because it is their native tongue. Had you read the responses in your last attack on this matter you would have seen that one of the Ugandans personally addressed this in a comment on your last story, but that apparently does not suit your agenda now does it? Facts don’t matter to the lefty’s and this has become self evident. Are you sure you don’t work for MSNBC?

    3. Perhaps you should study the Q’uran and you would realize that Muhammed(peace be upon him) spoke very highly of the Torah(towrat) and Gospel(injeel), to the point he stated they were infallible and a source of guidance and light so I fail to see what you are so puffed up about to begin with.

    Here is a crash course for you since I know you won;t take the time to do the research yourself…

    From the Q’uran:

    Sura [3:2] GOD: there is no god except He; the Living, the Eternal.

    [3:3] He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

    [3:4] before that, to guide the people, and He sent down the statute book. Those who disbelieve in GOD’s revelations incur severe retribution. GOD is Almighty, Avenger.

    Then this:

    Sura [5:46] Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.

    [5:47] The people of the Gospel shall rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations therein. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the wicked.

    Sura [57:27] Subsequent to them, we sent our messengers. We sent Jesus the son of Mary, and we gave him the Injeel (Gospel), and we placed in the hearts of his followers kindness and mercy.

    – Surah 2:87 – And most certainly We gave Musa the Book and We sent apostles after him one after another; and We gave Isa, the son of Marium, clear arguments and strengthened him with the holy spirit,

    – Surah 3:48 – And He (Isa/Jesus) will teach him the Book and the wisdom and the Tavrat (Torah) and the Injeel (Christian Gospel).

    – Surah 3:50 – And a verifier of that which is before me of the Taurat (Torah) and that I may allow you part of that which has been forbidden t you, and I have come to you with a sign from your Lord therefore be careful of (your duty to) Allah and obey me.

    – Surah 5:44 – “Surely We revealed the Taurat (Torah/Bible Old Testament) in which was guidance and light”, with it the prophets who submitted themselves….

    – Surah 5:46 – And We sent after them in their footsteps Isa, son of Marium, verifying what was before him of the Taurat (Jewish Torah) and We gave him the Injeel (Christian Gospels) in which was guidance and light, and verifying what was before it of Taurat and a guidance and an admonition for those who guard (against evil).

    – Surah 5.68 – Say: O followers of the Book! you follow no good till you keep up the Taurat and the Injeel and that which is revealed to you from your Lord;

    – Surah 6.154: Again, We gave the Book (Torah) to Musa to complete (Our blessings) on him who would do good (to others), and making plain all things and a guidance and a mercy, so that they should believe in the meeting of their Lord.

    – Surah 6.155: And this (Torah) is a Book We have revealed, blessed; therefore follow it and guard (against evil) that mercy may be shown to you.

    – Surah 29:46 “And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, but say, “We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one;

    – Surah 32:23 – And certainly We gave the Book to Musa, so be not in doubt concerning the receiving of it, and We made it a guide for the children of Israel.

    – Surah 43:63 – When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me.

    – Surah 46:12 we are told…. “And before it the Book of Musa (Moses) (Torah) was a guide and a mercy: and this is a Book verifying (it) in the Arabic language that it may warn those who are unjust and as good news for the doers of good……”

    I am a Christian, and whether someone is a Muslim, a Hindu, an atheist, Buddhist or any other religion does not determine my friendships. I can be friends with people of all faiths, and I will share my faith with them as I am commanded to do so and they do so with theirs. Call it comparative analysis and intelligent discussion. Something the media left on the side of the road years ago) If they do not want to discuss it, then I do not insist on it and vice versa. I have many friends from Dubai, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other nations who are all muslims and we talk about these matters frequently and we all agree that we find it rather pathetic that the media talking heads and politicians are seemingly trying to bring about a war by attempting to stir us up against each other and create a conflict that otherwise would not exist.

    Get a life!

  5. dobropet says:

    I see you’ve left out sura 4:29 in which Muslims are obligated to lie in order to deceive their opponents. I believe it is called “taqiyya.” But for specific purposes-

    -THE DOCTRINE OF TAQIYYA

    According to the authoritative Arabic text, Al-Taqiyya fi Al-Islam, “Taqiyya [deception] is of fundamental importance in Islam. Practically every Islamic sect agrees to it and practices it. We can go so far as to say that the practice of taqiyya is mainstream in Islam, and that those few sects not practicing it diverge from the mainstream…. Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era.”

    Some erroneously believe that taqiyya is an exclusively Shia doctrine. That is because the Shia have traditionally relied on it due to the fact that, as a minority group interspersed among their traditional enemies, the much more numerous Sunnis, they have historically had more “reason” to dissemble. However, Sunnis living in the West today find themselves in a similar situation, as they are now the minority surrounded by their historic enemies, non-Muslims.

    The primary Koranic verse sanctioning deception vis-à-vis non-Muslims states: “Let believers not take for friends and allies infidels instead of believers. Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with Allah—unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions” (3:28; other verses relied on by the ulema include 2:173; 2:185; 4:29; 16:106; 22:78; 40:28).-

    Raymond Ibrahim: “Islam’s Doctrines of Deception” Jihadwatch-

    If that doesn’t help, here’s the link:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2008/11/raymond-ibrahim-islams-doctrines-of-deception.html

  6. Chris Rodda says:

    Patriot…

    First of all, it was the organization sending the Swahili Bibles that said that these Ugandans were Muslims. See the quote in my post where they say, “Many of these former Muslims have come to Christ.”

    Second, even if these Ugandans had been Christians, it wouldn’t change the fact that the shipping of the Swahili Bibles into Iraq was a violation of U.S. postal and customs laws, as well as the laws of Iraq. In fact, as I wrote in my post, this shipment had been flagged for return to the U.S. because it violated these laws. Do you really see no problem with the fact that a Christian colonel drove to the facility where the Bibles were being held and retrieved them, and knowing that the shipment violated the law, used his rank to override the personnel who rightly flagged it?

    And, third, I’m a she, not a he.

  7. dobropet says:

    Nice!!!!

  8. Patriot says:

    Dobropet:

    Regarding Sura 4:29, you are right. That is in there and I have had some very interesting conversations with my friends about it, and they agree there are some inconsistencies in the Q’uran, but are careful how they address it. There are many other “inconsistencies” which show scientific errors like “The sun sets into a muddy spring” and the stars were created for the angels to throw at demons”. But from what I gather, you make the assumption that all muslims just blindly believe this. I gave Chris’ article to my friend from Saudi Arabia and he stated that the way the western media writes about Muslims is a way that he finds truly offensive. He said to me “Whether they realize they are doing this or not, the way they speak of Muslims and Muslim nations is as though we are uneducated and easily manipulated to violence, as a whole, at the smallest offense. Imagine if they wrote about American Blacks in such a way, whereas they would react in such a way. If this was so, you know that they would be very upset to be cast in such a light.” He is right about that. I have been guilty of this as much as anyone whereas we see a group that causes problems and then speak in generalizations about them. I was that way after 9-11. I was wrong. There is trouble within the Muslim community where some members wear their emotions on their sleeves and react with violence, but to say that because they are given bibles their respective nations will declare war on us is extreme in every sense of the word.

    Chris:

    I meant to leave my address to you in neutral speak using “they” but with 3 kids I got distracted. My Bad and I do apologize.

    As for the Ugandan Soldiers, the way that some of them who may have become Christians is not implicitly stated in the videos, aside from the fact that this Chaplain was involved in providing the materials to them when they asked him. That is the key. They requested these materials. I have watched videos and read the personal testimony of the Ugandan Lay leader there and the Ugandans conduct their own services on the base. It is there that other Ugandans decide to come to the services and become Christians, not something that is forced upon them.

    I agree with you that UCMJ, Iraqi and International law should be followed. The human factor probably comes into play here whereas the Colonel may have simply thought it wasn’t that big of a deal because it was not in Arabic, or destined for Iraqis, but for the Ugandans protecting our troops.

    As for the Solders Bible Ministry, you paint them as if they are a group of law breaking bible smugglers sneaking these things into Iraq. This too is wrong and given the remarkably small scope of their ministry, I would bet that when the Ugandans requested those bibles, they were simply honoring their request as a show of support for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and sent them on. As for the USPS, it is only against the law to send that type of stuff if you use the free military shipping from what I understand. I send packages to friends of mine over there on a regular basis. Everything from coffee to bibles and music instruments and have never had a problem. I have a deep appreciation for our chaplains as they save many lives, and not because they “converted” someone. They are on the front lines for PTSD and preventing our sons and daughters from taking their own lives.

    Just to let you know, I do not like that we are in this war. Bush violated the constitution to foment it and we should not be there. I also find it offensive that several supposed Pastors here in the states preach war from their pulpits, as this is diabolically opposed to the teachings in the very text they claim to believe in. Now we hear “we need to bomb Iran” before they go nuclear and so on. This is wrong in the worst way and more and more of us are speaking out about it. If a nation attacks us, then we are within our rights to retaliate with whatever force necessary, and in the eyes of the world, we will be justified.

    However, preemptively attacking a nation because they MAY/MIGHT be a threat or attack us in the future is the worst foreign policy imaginable, and completely against the teachings of Christ who stated “return your enemies wickedness for kindness and in so doing you would heap coals upon his head” You are within your rights to defend yourself, but to extend the hand afterward and to be kind to their citizens is what erodes public support for a future attack, hence the coals on their heads.

    I understand a bit of where you are coming from, but if you want to know what is really angering the Muslim world, one need look no further than our preemptive foreign policy. History has shown us repeatedly that when you strike at another nation without first experiencing violent provocation, then you have no public support, nor international support. Just look at the difference of how the USA was deeply appreciated globally in WW2 and this is self evident…

    Sorry if I was a bit curt in my earlier post. Watching our nations decline, as told by Glubb Pasha in his article lifecycle of empires has not been easy and has made me a bit more edgy. With knowledge comes great sorrow and this is self evident for me…

    Patriot

  9. dobropet says:

    “Let believers not take for friends and allies infidels instead of believers. Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with Allah—unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions” (3:28; other verses relied on by the ulema include 2:173; 2:185; 4:29; 16:106; 22:78; 40:28).-

    Raymond Ibrahim: “Islam’s Doctrines of Deception” Jihadwatch-

    Don’t see any inconsistencies in that, you must be confusing metaphors and literal translations. Or someone’s been lying to you.

    –“[Muslim brothers should] infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies in order to collect information and build close relatinships with the people in charge of these establishments.” -excerpt from secret Islamic charter written by former American professor Sami Al-Arian, now accused of conspiring with terrorists–

    This is from the book by Paul Sperry, Infiltration.

  10. Patriot says:

    Not lying to me. They flat out acknowledge these problems. I am saying “inconsistencies” simply to be polite. They acknowledge that these things are wrong, but are quiet about it.

    MY point, and theirs, is simply the fact that we cannot make the assumption that just because it is written, that the people, en masse, will subscribe to it and even more so, act upon it. They are human. They do care for their children. I do not agree with the Q’uran in any way,. and I am well researched in this and have studied the Q’uran. A good resource is http://bibleprobe.com/muhammed.htm . Most comprehensive list I have seen on the web.

    However, one thing that must be noted is this. If you approach people through ridicule, their ears will cease to incline your direction. Imagine growing up in a society where your religion is chosen for you and the mullahs and what not keep you in “submission” through the stirring of their radical constituents. This, in its own right is the proverbial Ouroboros and you can see the results of this tactic coming out into the ope in Iran right now…

  11. dobropet says:

    “I gave Chris’ article to my friend from Saudi Arabia and he stated that the way the western media writes about Muslims is a way that he finds truly offensive. He said to me “Whether they realize they are doing this or not, the way they speak of Muslims and Muslim nations is as though we are uneducated and easily manipulated to violence, as a whole, at the smallest offense. Imagine if they wrote about American Blacks in such a way, whereas they would react in such a way. -Patriot”

    They ARE easily manipulated through violence, look at the Wahhabi corridor here in America. Those people were cheering when the attacks of 9/11 occured, the other residents there could hear them from across their rooms and all throughout that complex:

    “The truth is, the residents of Skyline Tomers cheered that very day as the Trade Center fell. The people in these buildings are animals.” -former tenant of Pentagon-area apartments popular with Saudi diplomats and Muslim immigrants.”

    And correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the guy who depicted Muhammed as a pig ( or Allah, it escapes me know) killed or is being theatened with his life for having that cartoonish image printed?

    We already have one religion that depicts the image of the dominate faith here in American in an unfavorable light, the Satanic religion (upside down crosses).

  12. Patriot says:

    Dobropet:

    You may already know this, but there are also rules for the Q’uran imposed/interpreted by the Mullahs to address some of these problems, which in their own sense, make no sense. The rule is that the later Sura’s trump the earlier ones.

    If you really want to get the full scope of things, I would highly recommend you study the Hadith as the Q’uran is simply a small piece of the pie. What it says about those of African descent alone is a dreadful read…

  13. dobropet says:

    I read some pretty indulgent stuff like HHH, here’s something you may or maynot like:

    “There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and expelled from society. Likewise, in a covenant founded for the purpose of protecting family and kin, there can be no tolerance toward those habitually promoting lifestyles incompatible with this goal. They – the advocates of alternative, non-family and kin-centred lifestyles such as, for instance, individual hedonism, parasitism, nature-environment worship, homosexuality, or communism – will have to be physically removed from society, too, if one is to maintain a libertarian order. -Hans Hermann Hoppe”

    As Stephan Kinsella would say “not for the faint-hearted.”

  14. Dizzy says:

    My god is better than your god. Recruiting should have a disclaimer, that would make recruiting center lines around the block while “show’in them there Muslums who’s better.”

    I just wonder if the creator of the universe is on our team?

    He haw he haw.

  15. Face it, the War on Christianity is fought on multiple fronts. Somebody has to fight the muslims and the degree to which we can attack them with Christian PsyOps is the degree to which our special forces boys and girls are that much safer.

    Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that muslims actually find the actions of our US Armed Services objectionable–a premise that I actually reject, because as we all know, the Madras are about teaching homicide, not intelligence.

    But so what?

    Worse case scenario, it will turn them off so bad they will emigrate to some eurosocialist country rather than try to cross the US borders. And we should do whatever we can to make certain muslims become a europroblem, not an American Crisis. If that includes proving that their violent religion pales in God’s Eye to Christianity, so be it.

    What part of tumbling World Trade Center tower(s) do you not understand??

  16. dobropet says:

    I agree, once the satisfaction of affirming the beliefs of the ideas that this war is religion based then the people of America will wake up cognizant of the realities faced with this war and its atrocities.

    Thus, alotting for individuals to discern what is truly encompassed within the framework of the war on terror. It is most definitely the war on Islam. For as long as Chrisitianity reigns within America, Islam will be evermore on the offensive.

    As for that worse case scenario, it has culminated with the infiltration of our society by those practicing the divine word in the name of Allah. “Taqiyya.”

    Rifqa Bary, Aqsa Parvez, Norr Faleh Almaleki all, of which(and there’s many more), either suffered at the hands of Islamic parentage or shall suffer at their hands. And any attempt to stop the killings, here in America, will only aid them in their quest for equality under due process of our laws:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=113710

    :frightening, to say the least.

  17. Strangerthanfiction says:

    I am the wife of the Chaplain Mickel quoted in your article. Let me set the record straight on the supposed prostelytizing that my husband is accussed by you (without further research than quoting part of an IMF publication) of doing in Iraq in 2003. First of all, we are not fundamentalist Christians, whatever your take is on IMF. We believe EVERYONE has a right to practice their religion, or no religion, however they choose, and that includes the Iraqi people. You are right that the military should not be used to force or coerce people to convert to any religion. However, Iraq has its own Christians. Not everyone in Ad Dawr is Sunni Muslim, and even if they are, don’t they have a right to choose Christianity if they want to??? If they are curious about the Bible, why can’t they have one to read??? Giving out food is hardly coercion. They can take it or leave it. Same with the Bibles. Bibles were not brought in illegally under Chaplain Mickel’s watch. What other chaplains have done — as described in your article, if true — is a separate issue, and one that we do not agree with. As for the war and the occupation itself, we have our own opinions that do not necessarily match those of other chaplains. However, religious freedom is not freedom unless ALL religions are equally respected, including Christianity.

  18. Orwellwasright says:

    It is self evident to me that Chris has very little knowledge of the Muslim world, and of Islam. Nor does she seem to grasp the fact that the very thing she claims she is seeking to prevent, is actually being fueled by the articles she publishes. Like dumping raw gas on an open fire.

    Aside from the standard lefty organizations here in America, you will find her articles in Al-Jazeera, middle east online, Pakistan daily and too many more to name. She has shown herself as wreck less and sensationalizes her content without contemplating the consequences of her own actions. It is this carelessness that further places our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers in the line of fire and for that she should reconsider her actions

    Bottom Line is that by sensationalizing her stories, she is giving the radical elements of Islam inspiration to kill more US and allied soldiers as her articles receive more attention in the Middle East Arab nations than in the USA. Thanks for being such a stand up American Chris! Many of these soldiers serving in the areas where your articles are published are not Christian either. They are Jews, Catholics, atheists, Muslims, Mormons, and so on. But does she care? I remain skeptical. I do not think she wishes to intentionally increase our soldiers burdens, but if she is ignorant of the fruits of her actions as it applies to our soldiers, then it is willful ignorance and therefore inexcusable.

    Here is Chris’ international audience everyone: Just 3 examples of many, many more I could provide.

    Here is one from Afghan voice: I bet our troops loved seeing this one come out while their buddies were dying. You do realize they have internet access there don’t you Chris?

    http://www.afghanvoice.com/politics/international/10-ways-the-u.s.-military-has-shoved-christianity-down-muslims%27-throats-20090924875.html

    How about Pakistan? Let’s try Pakistan shall we?

    http://pakistanthinktank.org/v2/section-table/44-religion/287-21st-century-crusadersonward-christian-soldiers-marching-as-to-war

    Then we have Al-Jazeera- Nice reference for you Chris!

    http://aljazeera.com/news/articles/42/The-Crusade-for-a-Christian-military.html

    Your articles have placed incalculably more troops at greater risk than any bible toting soldier, and by a long shot and you know that, don’t you Chris? Part of me wonders if you aren’t actually playing a role in elevating tensions between Muslims and Christians as the logic behind this is a sure non-starter unless that was the end goal. I doubt this is the case, but I hope you see you are in err.

    You will be answering to these troops when they return as well as the families, wives and children of those who gave all. What are you going to say to them?

  19. Chris Rodda says:

    Orwellwasright …

    When MRFF first began revealing this stuff, Mikey Weinstein was contacted by two Bush administration senior national security officials, one civilian and one military. These officials urged Mikey to keep doing what we were doing, telling him that what we were revealing was already being used by extremists as recruiting propaganda. They were finding this stuff on the internet BEFORE we started writing about it, and will continue to look for it and find it whether I write about it or not. Very simply, if we can find it, they can find it. By revealing what we have found, MRFF has managed to get much of this potential propaganda material removed from the web.

    Strangerthanfiction …

    I have two questions for you.

    1.) The shipping of any religious materials contrary to Islam into Iraq is prohibited, except for materials for the personal use of our troops. How would materials in Arabic on how to be saved be considered in any way for the personal use of our troops?

    2.) You claim that your husband was only giving these materials to Iraqis who were already Christians. If they were ALREADY Christians, why was it necessary for your husband to give them materials on how to become Christians?

  20. Orwellwasright says:

    Okay, this response presents an interesting quagmire…

    So let me get this straight.

    1. I stated that the fruits of your work risk the lives of US soldiers by giving cannon fodder to the radical elements of Islam and your articles are emblazoned across the entire Middle Eastern Internet Headlines on a Regular basis.

    2. Your logic for publishing this information is based upon the advice given you by 2 members of the Bush administration, the same administration you have systematically berated for “Holy War” talk and the same administration where you singled out General Boykin for the same? Circular logic… Fascinating. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps they wouldn’t mind if things escalated given your sordid views of those in the Bush Admin?

    You said “Very simply, if we can find it, they can find it.” Now lets stop right there. So you then decide to help then in their search and save them the efforts of finding it themselves???

    ” By revealing what we have found,” . So not only do the propagandists in Radical Islam use this for recruitment, but you HELP THEM TO FIND MORE tools for that recruitment by broadcasting it with the Internet PA system??? Do you honestly think that they are not using your research and articles for supposed recruitment??? Does even juvenile logic and common sense exist anymore???

    This won’t work with the troops and their orphaned families Chris. Not by a longshot. Especially the ones in Afghanistan who had buddies dying while your story was being splattered across the front pages of the entire middle east. No. Not a snowballs chance in hell and you are kidding yourself if you think it will.

    There is a big difference between the native population discovering stuff and screaming about it and an American citizen proclaiming throughout the entire middle east that this is a Holy War… You’re a smart woman and should be able to figure that one out on your own. In the meantime, our troops are deeply indebted to you for further jeopardizing their safety on an increasingly regular basis.

    Regarding your other questions:

    Answer#1. The Quran calls the Torah(Taurat) and Injeel(Gospel) sources of guidance and light as pointed out by Patriot, which of course you sidestepped completely because you don’t know diddly about Islam. It commands the Muslim to “follow” the book and that the book is “blessed”. It goes on further to say do not make war with the people of the book. Now, remind us how giving a copy of the Torah and Gospel are “contrary to Islam” and the Quran since you are so well versed in the religion???

    Answer #2. Under Saddam, tyranny ruled and all media and print were controlled. People were shot for simply looking at his son Qusay. That being said, Iraq does not exactly have an abundant supply of Bible studies floating around so the need is certainly there. Once again, basic levels of reason and logic that when used together = common sense.

    As for our troops. It may be a prudent choice for you to begin tracking the deaths of our soldiers vs the publications of your stories in the Middle East. Perhaps you will wake up then.

    Strangerthanfiction:

    Please tell your husband thanks for his service to this nation and for the work he does counseling and caring for soldiers of all faiths. Thank you personally for standing with him, speaking up for him and may God richly bless you both for your piety…

    Oohrah!

  21. Orwellwasright says:

    Just to clarify Chris,

    This article we are currently conversing in was published September 21st 2009. After that, October was the bloodiest month since the engagement in Afghanistan Began…

    See for yourself. Headline from Afghanistan approx 1 month later on October 27th..

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/716852–october-is-bloodiest-month-yet-for-u-s-troops-in-afghanistan

    Here is the Headline:

    “October is bloodiest month yet for U.S. troops in Afghanistan”

    Excerpt:

    “55 the total number of Americans killed in October in Afghanistan”

    Nothing personal Chris, but I believe you are in err, especially if you don’t think your research and articles being plastered all over the Middle East don’t find their way into the hands of the radical Mullahs. I hope you also see that I took this up on an older article for a reason as I am not someone who is simply bored and suddenly decided “I want to argue with Chris today”. I am just trying to get you to look at things from a different angle without all the static. We are all wrong sometimes and this is much too important for bickering. I am hoping you will listen to the points I have made and I was not even sure if you would reply to such an old article, so thanks.

    Chris, I have friends over there. They didn’t ask for this war, but they are there. They use their Bibles and Tanach’s to help them get through it all so I hope you cut them some slack. Obama promised to bring em home, but we can add that to the ever increasing laundry list of failed promises he has accumulated. 55 of their buddies died last month in the 34 days after your article ran. They were dying while your article was on the front pages of the websites in the Middle East.

    37 Allied forces died also with 285 wounded.

    I sincerely hope you will consider what I am saying and you can delete this entire exchange if you want.

  22. Avery says:

    Orwell fraud your a joke and I’m sure you already knew that. Your sources are for an entirely english audience. Even if they did show up online in arabic, which i’d bet they haven’t there would still be many less viewings than were exposed first hand.

    Free speech is so anti-american huh.

    How dare she document reality? Has she no sense?

  23. Avery says:

    Why don’t you find some popular arabic language sources this story has appeared in?

    You are a dishonest waste of time.

    What the have you learned in your life other than deception?

  24. Strangerthanfiction says:

    BTW, my husband also gave out as many copies of the Qur’ an as the Bible. They were left over copies after all had been given to soldiers who wanted them. The Iraqi people requested the Bibles — if you read the original article, it states that some of the Iraqi women spoke English. All were brought to Iraq by the US military, not shipped by civilians. If you have a problem with that, take it up with the Defense Dept., not us. I think Orwellwasright did a good job of addressing the other issues.

  25. Dr. Hanna says:

    the writer is just repeating the same moslem rhetoric , believe me i live in an islamic country the moslems don’t even know of anything you mentioned above , they don’t need it , the qoran tells them to hate the infidels wherever and whenever they are , and most importantly , whatever they do ,even if the infidels mean all the good things to them , they still hate you and pray every friday that allah may hand you all to their hands to slaughter most of you and sujugate the rest and take your women to be their booty for sexual slavery, so much for your sensitivity toward them.

  26. S. Strauch says:

    What a sad bunch of rednecks posting here, defending the indefensible, making up silly lies about Islam, such as the Qur`an saying that the Torah and Injeel are ‘infallible’. No such verse exists. Likewise, there is no verse supporting ‘taqiyyah’ (duplicity). The verses are speaking of ‘taqwa’ (piety and fear of Allah), while ‘taqiyyah’ is a concept invented by the Shiites, who are a more dangerous enemy to Islam than fundamentalist Christian halfwits, like George ‘Dubya’ Bush.

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