- Published on Sunday, 12 July 2009 01:19
- Written by John Draper
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It is clear that Islam is an inspiration to violence, dominance and proselytizing for many adherents but it is also clear that evangelical Christianity has over the centuries been just as bad. Yet these evangelicals are infiltrating the U.S. Military and converting soldiers who have then gone out and given bibles to Afghanistan Muslims in clear violation of army rules.
Al Jazeera (English) broadcast a video recently on this subject - see the You-Tube link below.
The lead info on this video states:
The United States is a deeply religious country, over 90% believe in god and 80% believe in miracles. For the US military, dealing with its own religious identity has become an internal battle. Growing evidence points towards a rising influence of evangelical Christianity, and with two wars still raging in Muslim countries with significant religious overtones, there could be serious consequences for the US mission. Pentagon officials say incidents are isolated, aberrations occur, but others closely tied to the military and its religious leadership say a transformation is taking place with dire costs. On this week's episode of Fault Lines, we look at the battle over the religious soul of the US military.
Also [in part 2], we sit down with Brent Scowcroft, the National Security Advisor under Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush. He gives Fault Lines a fresh take on the issue of religion in the military and how it is impacting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The military position is that no particular religion is favoured but the fact is that only the evangelicals are taking advantage of the freedom to preach to the troops. Worse, this impression of a Religious war does not help the US image in the Muslim world. The basic problem is that the U.S. is way too steeped in Christian thinking. Many in the U.S. (e.g. George Bush) think that the U.S. is a Christian nation contrary to their constitution. The solution to Islam problems is to bring them into the 21st century, to teach them reason and science and NOT to convert them to Christianity or any other religion. Let's not confuse our concern with the mistakes of Islam and instead introduce the mistakes of Christians. Al-Qaeda still remembers and talks about the Crusades - this type of thing must be avoided if ever all Muslims are to become truly peaceful.
Fault Lines - Religion in the military - 25 June 09- Pt1 16:32min
Fault Lines - Religion in the military - 25 June 09- Pt2 5:18min