I have to admit that sometimes when I hear fellow Muslims engage in conversation about whether or not the US Military or the US in of itself is in a war against Islam I laugh. I laugh because not only does it seem absurd that our government would even attempt such a thing that hasn’t ever been accomplished and will never be accomplished as you can’t fight a “religion”, but as a veteran who served prior to and several years after 9/11 I had first hand experience that our mission was never to do such a thing. There are many reasons, excuses, ideas, etc. as to our current engagement in the Middle East, which I won’t get into in this post, but one of them certainly is not due to a war against Islam. At least that’s how I view, experienced, etc. it.
There are those who wear the uniform of this nation who would exploit the mission of the US and spit on the US Constitution in order to propagate their religion in the most despicable way imaginable. Yesterday, The Huffington Post reported on an incident in Afghanistan where soldiers who were given Bibles translated in the local languages were told to “Hunt People for Jesus”
This report disturbs me for several reasons. Chief among them is that the US Military is not cracking down on this type of behavior. I say this because this is a frequent re-occurring issue. While I often tell Muslims to grow thicker skin as it relates to “insults against Muslims/Islam” something has to be said against the deliberate use of US Military resources i.e. troops, time, etc. to propagate one’s religion on duty especially on deployment in a locale that believes differently than these troops. This is not only Constitutionally unacceptable, but it’s morally unethical, and jeopardizes the overall mission and foreign policy objectives of the US government. In truth, these Soldiers should be charged under various articles of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) such as Articles 92, 98, 117, and my personal favorite 134. Their conduct is unbecoming of a US Soldier and they are a discredit to the US Army and the United States. Their willful conduct jeopardizes the lives of fellow deployed troops in the region and the US mission in general.
With all that said, I am not surprised. This story has been done to death. There have been and continue to be various reports of Evangelical and other Christian groups attempting to impose and “Christianize” the US Military. Be it from statements from superiors or actions from idiots such as these, there are various complaints about this seemingly growing movement within the US Military where “Christians” attempt to impose their beliefs on other service members and these behaviors and actions often manifest themselves as they did in this situation.
Purely theologically speaking, these guys are a disgrace to the very word “Christian”. It’s a shame that there are those out there who actually with a straight face believe that Jesus, may peace and blessings be upon him, would actually sanction the actions in which they commit. It’s a contradiction to their very dogma as these “Christans” in this video speak out of both sides of their mouth. What type of “Christianity” is this? It’s time we reign in the fanatics in every religion, because it only ends in death. To have the audacity to invoke the very names of God and His Messengers, peace be upon them, in a vain attempt to sanctify our horrible mortal actions against humanity is worthy of God turning His back on us. What we are witnessing with stories like this is just the tip of the iceberg as it relates to the military. Ask the pagans for instance, the hardships they face in the Military, or the atheists, non-Christians, etc. of various backgrounds, and you would know that their are some Evangelicals systematically attempting to pervert the US Military. Let us not forget that it wasn’t even a year or two ago where it was pointed out how the US Air Force Academy was becoming an Evangelical haven with various incidents being reported such as hosting anti-Islam authors and penalizing cadets who weren’t “believers”. Similar incidents are being reported at other service academies and on various military installations.
I could go on and on, but I must recommend that we remain vigilant and speak out against these gross discretion’s against the honor and integrity of the United States Government and her armed services. Besides, what would be said if these were Muslim soldiers caught on video plotting to convert non-Muslims as they kicked in doors with a rifle in one hand and a Qur’an in the other. What if instead of being hounds of heaven or hunting for Jesus, they were being the sincere Mujahadeen doing this for the love of Allah? How would the press and military treat this issue then?