Monday, May 4, 2009

Afghaniscrewed: Evangelicals Not Only Scary, But Potentially Undermining Hearts & Minds Battle

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 3:27 PM

What's the best way to insure the insurgency in Afghanistan is supplied with fresh, bright-eyed zealots? Have our own, similarly insidious zealots hand out Pashtu and Dari Bibles to the conservative, Islamic populace.

Imagine, if you will, a group of turbaned Afghanis going door to door in rural Tennessee and handing out copies of the Koran. Except worse. The unhappy recipients wielding AK-47s instead of shotguns.

Apparently Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday night that a gathering of Evangelical Christian soldiers were given the Bibles to hand out to the populace in crystal-clear contravention of military regulation. Thankfully, Al-Jazeera handed over a tape of its report to military officials, and a quick kibosh was put on the would-be proselytizers.

So what is it that makes these Evangelicals so blind to what would clearly be a disaster in a country like Afghanistan? My best guess is empathy. Or a lack of it. A complete inability to see from another's point of view. Democracy is already a serious stretch in that country. Christianity? Infidels!

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