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U.S. military says Afghan bibles have been destroyed

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:53 AM

KABUL (Reuters) - 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.

"I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera's clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed," spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.

Military officials have said the bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. The soldier brought them to the bible study class where they were filmed.

Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan. An Afghan man who converted to Christianity was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2006 but was allowed to leave the country after an international uproar.

"It certainly is, from the United States military's perspective, not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion, period," chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told a Pentagon briefing Monday.

(Reporting by Peter Graff)
Hey, what's wrong with showing those "savages" the way to salvation? Stu, help me out here brother
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So does this fall under disobeying orders or that annoying Pride thing for filming their bible study lockerroom warmup.

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What if this never got filmed and broadcast by Al Jazeera? Do you think we would have some God fearing Afghans doing the Lord's work and spreading faith and goodness among those heathens? What if some of those Bibles popped to the surface way later on, will there be denials and distancing a la Balckwater style?
I think God is testing our resolution in converting these people by having some of our good messengers get caught with their pants down. It's just a set back!
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So does this fall under disobeying orders or that annoying Pride thing for filming their bible study lockerroom warmup.



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These Bibles were just door jams, that's all
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Afghanistan — Literacy (Total Population): 28.1%



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Afghanistan — Literacy (Total Population): 28.1%
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