Soldiers ‘Hunting People for Jesus’ in Afghanistan

US troops urged to share faith in Afghanistan

US soldiers in Afghanistan have been filmed with local language Bibles and urged to be “witnesses for Jesus” despite anti-proselytising rules.

‘Witness for Jesus’ in Afghanistan

US soldiers have been encouraged to spread the message of their Christian faith among Afghanistan’s predominantly Muslim population, video footage obtained by Al Jazeera appears to show.

Military chaplains stationed in the US 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 US 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.

“Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”

Local language Bibles

The footage, shot about a year ago by Brian Hughes, a documentary maker and former member of the US military who spent several days in Bagram, was obtained by Al Jazeera’s James Bays, who has covered Afghanistan extensively.

Bays also obtained from Hughes a Pashto-language copy of one of the books he picked up during a Bible study lesson he recorded at Bagram.
A Pashto speaker confirmed to Bays that it was a Bible.

In other footage captured at Bagram, Sergeant Jon Watt, a soldier who is set to become a military chaplain, is seen giving thanks for the work that his church in the US did in getting Bibles printed and sent to Afghanistan. Full Story

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Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did. Full Story

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3 responses to “Soldiers ‘Hunting People for Jesus’ in Afghanistan

  1. Hi Barbara, thanks for posting this. It reminded me of this article.

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/04/recent_scenes_from_afghanistan.html

    The Boston Globe: “Opium farmer Haji Abdul Khan shows off damaged poppies to U.S. Marines and their military interpreter on March 22, 2009 near remote Qalanderabad in southwest Afghanistan. The opium poppy field was damaged when a U.S. Air Force airdrop of supplies blew off target, landing on some of Khan’s crops and crushing them. The Marines assured Khan they would pay him for his damaged poppy crop in compensation for the accident. The Taliban often extorts a percentage of the profits from the farmers’ harvest to fund attacks on American forces, according to the military. U.S. Marines, however, have no mandate to destroy poppy crops and, in fact, count on farmers to supply intelligence on Taliban activities. (John Moore/Getty Images)”

  2. I LOVE Catherine Austin Fitts’ analogy to the central entity being a tapeworm.

    The way to kill the tapeworm is not to fight it in conventional means. The more we convulse with anger, the more life energy we excrete into our vessels of which the tapeworm can consume.

    The way to kill the tapeworm is to LOCALIZE economics. You and I making a cash transaction, or barter transaction, at the neighborhood farmers market is un-tappable by the tapeworm. We kill the tapeworm by avoiding centralization, and by increasingly engaging in individual, person to person economics that avoids “debit cards”, “receipts”, and patronage of centralizing market forces such as multinational frankenfood producers.

    We need to PULL our money out of the banks and deal directly in non-electronic commerce with our fellow citizens. Remember fractional banking and bank capital reserves… for every ONE dollar of our hard earned hard currency deposited capital we remove from banking system deposits, we starve the tapeworm of 30 to 50 dollars of leveraged wealth that they would normally have to engage in their reindeer games. A collective circumventing of the oligarchical casino banking system results in their increasing inability to use your and my money as free leverage to sex up their OWN pet projects.

  3. Hi Barbara, these are the same links that I posted above. The point is: We pay the poppy growers if we damage their crops, guarding the crops I suppose.

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/04/recent_scenes_from_afghanistan.html

    70% of the profits of opium import (in america) end up the governments – then the central banks – hands.

    I’m coming to the realization that there is no passive aggressive way to fight the system. I think that’s what you’re trying to say too.

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