From the Casa Grande Dispatch:
An “Awake America” rally to provide overseas troops with Bibles has been scheduled for 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Christian Church of Casa Grande, 1510 N. Casa Grande Ave.
I assure you that this is not a problem. There are plenty of copies of many translations of the Bible available.
Cecil Todd, founder and president of the worldwide Revival Fires Ministry from Branson, Mo., will be the featured speaker.
Revival Fires has assisted in providing more than 190,000 Bibles for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at the request of chief Pentagon chaplains.
The church said in a news release a soldier in Iraq was saved by a Bible that stopped an enemy bullet.
At the end of each “Awake America” rally and service, a special collection will be taken to help provide 27,000 more Bibles for soldiers in Afghanistan. They cost $4 each to print, the church said.
First off, let’s do the numbers. 217,000 Bibles (including the new batch) comes to a grand total of: $868,000
Do you know how much actual armor that could buy? The bibles are not needed, Christian soldiers have access to an overwhelming number of the books. The money is being wasted, and they clearly could spend it in other ways. If not for protective gear, simply sending creature-comforts is awesome! How about sending snacks, toiletries, and other useful personal items? Candy, Girl Scout Cookies, etc… that shit is what we really want (even the Christians who politely add your bibles to their stack).
As for the bullet-bible, this is the closest thing I could find:
Yeah, he was the only one shot. God really smiled on him that day. Confirmation-bias at work.
As for the event happening, I’m a bit incredulous but it’s scientifically possible, I suppose. I’m glad this soldier is alive, and his mother sounds like a really sweet woman. But this is well within the realm of possibility, and at best is an interesting fluke. Just like in cheesy movies where the hero is saved by his father’s bullet-blocking watch. Nothing to see here. Sometimes it really does start raining when your girlfriend dumps you. (And other movie cliches play out too.)
Is the guy who got struck by lightning ten times and survived lucky? I should think not!
I took a look at this church’s website. I didn’t see the event on their calendar. However, I did see that they are one of those churches that allows addicts and alcoholics to work their 12 steps in a safe, rent-free environment. Many atheists can’t really participate meaningfully in 12 step programs (though, many can.) But it is likely that they are really helping some people with those programs. Typically, the church stays out of the process and just ‘unlocks the door’, scurrying away from the hail of swear words that come from a roomful of recovering addicts.
They aren’t breaking any laws with their rally, and they do seem eager to give back to the community. I just wish they had talked to some soldiers before wasting all that money!