Anglican Samizdat

May 5, 2009

U.S. Military destroys Afghan Bibles

The real solution for Afghanistan – Christianity – is forbidden:

Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan.

Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytizing, a military spokeswoman said.

The U.S. military has denied its soldiers tried to convert Afghans to Christianity, after Qatar-based Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a bible class on a base with a stack of bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.

U.S. Central Command’s General Order Number 1 forbids troops on active duty — including all those based in Iraq and Afghanistan — from trying to convert people to another religion.

So here we are, trying to bring freedom, democracy and a decent life to Afghanistan and the foundation upon which these ideals are based is something that the soldiers are not allowed to talk about!

Surely if we are sufficiently convinced that it’s worth taking our values to a civilisation, then it’s also worth taking the basis for those values? But, no, political correctness is more important than truth; one reason why the Afghanistan adventure will probably fail.

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2 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, it is the belief of some radical Muslims (Taliban especially) that to leave Islam for another faith is a crime punishable by death. Muslims have been killed for converting to Christianity, even here in the West.

    I don’t think God wants us to endanger people’s lives. Afghanistan may be a case where we have to live the Gospel rather than actively seeking converts, at least until the country stabilizes and the Taliban are defeated.

    Comment by Ellie M. — May 6, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  2. I guess its ok to destroy bibles but scratch a Koran and there is hell to pay.

    Comment by Steve L. — May 6, 2009 @ 12:33 pm


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