And why do I have to hear about it from Al Jazeera?
Ahmed Shah Ahmedzai said there must be a “serious investigation” after military chaplains stationed in the US air base at Bagram were filmed discussing how to distribute copies of the Bible printed in the country’s main Pashto and Dari languages.
In one recorded sermon, Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, tells 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.
“Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”
The whole video is pretty damning:
As the article explains, these soldiers know full well what they’re doing is illegal. They have been using a loophole — we’re not proselytizing… we’re giving gifts! (Of Bibles. In your native languages.)
At what point will the military take action against these soldiers and chaplains who abuse their positions of power?
(Thanks to Ed for the link!)