BREAKING NEWS: Pentagon Burns Soldiers Bibles – Military Chaplains Attacked

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A Pentagon spokesman under the Obama Administration has just acknowledged seizing and burning the privately owned Bibles of American soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The Bibles had been printed in the local Pashto and Dari languages, and sent by private donors last year to American Christian soldiers and chaplains, for distribution to American troops on overseas military bases during optionally-attended Christian worship services. Had the Bibles not been recently seized and destroyed, they could have legally been given as gifts during off-duty time to Afghani citizens who welcome our troops in their homes, as an expression of American gratitude for Afghani hospitality, promoting the democratic ideals of freedom of religion and freedom of the press.

Hated for His Name’s Sake

“Then shall they deliverStrongs 3860: paradidomi, par-ad-id´-o-mee; from 3844 and 1325; to surrender, i.e yield up, intrust, transmit:—betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over, up), hazard, put in prison, recommend. you up to be afflictedStrongs 2347: thlipsis, thlip´-sis; from 2346; pressure (literally or figuratively):—afflicted(-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble., and shall kill you: and ye shall be hatedStrongs 3404: miseo, mis-eh´-o; from a primary, misos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension, to love less: — hate(-ful). of all nations for my name’s sake.”
—Matthew 24:9

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
—1 John 3:13

But the Muslim controlled Al Jazeera television network obtained video footage of the Bibles, held by American soldiers while listening to a chaplain on the Bagram Air Base (inside the base chapel) whose sermon encouraged outreach and personal evangelism. The American values of freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of Christian speech offended some extremist Muslim groups, and angered a small group of American atheists, who demanded the chaplain be punished for “proselytizing” because he simply repeated Jesus’ words to “Go and make disciples of all nations” in church. (Can you imagine their outrage if we burned the Koran, instead of the Bible?)

The video proves the chaplain properly explained U.S. Central Command’s General Order Number One, which prohibits “proselytizing” (forcing religious conversions by threats or weapons) but fully permits soldiers of any religion to engage in non-threatening “evangelism” (voluntary conversations about their faith) and legally allows giving private gifts, including books, to Afghani citizens during off-duty hours in their unofficial capacity. The Al Jazeera film-maker Brian Hughes also admitted the Bibles could have been useful in helping soldiers learn the Pashto and Dari languages of the Afghan people.

Instead, the privately owned Bibles were confiscated and destroyed. Caving in to pressure from the Muslims and Atheist groups, the U.S. military spokesman Maj. Jennifer Willis told Reuters reporters, “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.” When questioned about the authenticity of the Al Jazeera video, U.S. Army Colonel Greg Julian admitted the Al Jazeera reporting was biased against the American Christians: “Most of this is taken out of context … this is irresponsible and inappropriate journalism.”

GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR ENCOURAGED EVANGELISM

After World War II, in order to carry out the democratization of Japan, Five-Star General Of The Army Douglas MacArthur brought Christian leaders to the country to meet with Emperor Hirohito and encouraged mass distribution of Bibles to the population. MacArthur later stated to a visiting American churchman, “We must have ten thousand Christian missionaries and a million Bibles to complete the occupation of this land.”
(Source: Rodger R. Venzke, Confidence In Battle – Inspiration In Peace, 1977, p.24-25.)

But today, instead of confronting Muslim and Atheist enemies of religious liberty, President Obama’s Four-Star Admiral Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen now appears to defend the destruction of the soldiers’ privately owned Bibles, stating during a Pentagon briefing that the military’s position is that it will never “push any specific religion.” He did not address the possibility that by seizing and burning privately owned Bibles, the Obama Administration is now enforcing state atheism upon our troops.

ATHEISTS JOIN MUSLIM EXTEMISTS AGAINST LIBERTY

Aggressive anti-Christian secularist Mikey Weinstein immediately demanded the chaplain in the video be court-martialed for encouraging voluntary evangelism in church, despite the Pentagon’s claim that same chaplain somehow assisted in confiscating the Bibles. I can personally attest, as the former Navy Chaplain who endured court-martial in 2006 for praying “in Jesus name” in uniform outside of Sunday chapel, (but was later vindicated by Congress), that anti-Christian forces are powerfully at work in some parts of the U.S. military.

But together, we fought back and won! Over 300,000 Americans, 85% of polled citizens, and 75 Congressmen agreed with me, so the entire Congress rescinded the same anti-Jesus policy the Navy enforced during my court-martial, restoring liberty to other chaplains who pray publicly “in Jesus name.” (That victory on Capitol Hill cost my 16-year career and pension, and was not grandfathered back to my case.) Angered by our victory, the enemies of religious liberty won’t be satisfied until every Christian is silenced, and every chaplain booted from the military like I was, for the “crime” of worshiping in public.

COURT-MARTIAL THE ARMY CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS?

The favorite new ploy of Mikey Weinstein’s anti-Christian group (Military Religious Freedom Foundation) is to frighten troops into silence by “demanding the court-martial” of any soldier or chaplain who talks publicly about his or her faith. For example, incredibly, Weinstein recently demanded the Army court-martial their Chief of Chaplains Major General Douglas Carver, because Chaplain Carver issued a proclamation calling for a day of prayer and fasting for our troops.

The Chief of Chaplains’ proclamation called for voluntary prayer by chaplains of all diverse faiths to act “in keeping with your religious traditions,” and support our troops who face difficult traumas, pressures and temptations toward suicide. Carver consulted with two senior Jewish chaplains before issuing the proclamation.

But Mikey Weinstein claims that no chaplain can encourage prayer or Bible reading without violating what he pretends is a Constitutional mandate separating church from state. “These inciteful actions are grossly offensive to not only Muslims in Afghanistan and across the world, but to all those who hold faith in the U.S. Constitution,” said Weinstein of the troops’ Bibles.

Ironically Weinstein’s own web-site contains pictures of atheist soldiers, soliciting donations for Weinstein while wearing their full dress uniform, without any apparent legal disclaimer that their anti-Christian views do not represent the views of the U.S. military.

WILL CONGRESS PROTECT CHAPLAINS RIGHTS?

We can report without bias that in June 2009, the U.S. Congress will again consider a bi-partisan bill supporting military chaplains rights, co-sponsored by two North Carolina Congressmen, Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC), in the House Armed Services Committee. The pro-chaplain bill, H.R. 268, would simply guarantee military chaplains of all diverse faiths the right to pray publicly according to the dictates of their conscience. You can read the details in my article about that bill, which was published by the Washington Times on 7 May 09, here.

To pass that bill into law, the two North Carolina Congressmen will first need several more co-sponsors, and the blessing of the House Armed Services Committee. Then they’ll need some bi-partisan Senators to initiate a Senate version. Will your own Congressman or Senator co-sponsor religious freedom for chaplains? Perhaps you might call your own Congressman at 202-225-3121, to voice your opinion about H.R. 268.

But remember, 100 emails = 10 phone calls = 1 fax in political capital, since the Congressional staffers must handle each paper and usually write a reply. So please join our automated fax-petition campaign first, and we will fax all 435 Congressmen on your behalf.

Then please forward this email to your own pastor, and to all your military friends, and download here a church flyer that pastors can copy and distribute. But first, take action right now! I pray you will not hesitate, but sign the petition and WE WILL FAX your petition right away, automatically to all 435 Congressmen.

God Bless you, in Jesus’ name,

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Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

  1. Jeremiah, 30 May, 2009

    “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24…
    The United States has committed idolatry and bowed to another god. Lord have mercy on us for the judgment that is to come. I pray for strength to be able to suffer true persecution because surely they will deliever us up (But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.-Luke 21:12)

  2. Ken and Cami, CCCM, 30 May, 2009

    This breaking news is outrageous! We are hoping that this is some big mistake. We pray that our men and women in uniform will be allowed their freedom of choice to practise their faith within the given guidelines as it has always been. The Obama administration needs to take a stand to respect the dignity of their own men and women in uniform and protect it just as they accord the same to other peoples with different faith.

  3. E Beneda, 30 May, 2009

    Dear Elected Officials, our country was founded upon the God of the Bible and 90% of the fathers who signed the US Constitution were pastors and men of the Scriptures. The first public school books for reading and education were Bibles printed by the United States Government as tax payers expense. Each Bible had the words inside the cover stating: Printed by the Government of the United States of America. The US Capital Building was used for Sunday Church Services in our founding years which lasted 4-6 hours as elected officials shared from God’s Word. Our military members should be allowed to share their faith freely just like the anti-Christians share their religion openly and agressively. The freedom of religion and the freedom of speach has cost the blood and death of tens of thousands of our American Service Personnel. Let us honor the living and the dead by allowing freedom of religion and speach under the Grand Old Flag where ever it is flown and also where ever the service men and women in uniform have the American Flag stitched upon their military uniforms. Sincerely, Edward Beneda

  4. K Martin, 31 May, 2009

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/20/us.military.bibles.burned/

    If we are going to fight, lets make sure we are using the truth and correct facts.
    I do not know the exact truth here, but caution all of us to not suggest things that can be disproved. It only makes us look foolish and weak. We are more than conquerors and we do not need to learn or use their tactics. It is the truth that sets us free! Check our facts, thoroughly.
    Be strong out there. Trust God .. Be valiant, do what is right, fight the good fight and honor His name in all we do. God is still on the throne!

  5. Chaplain (CPT) Dell Harlow-Curtis, 24 June, 2009

    I stand in the gap with and for you. I am a protestant chaplain in the US Army. Even worse for the ACLU, I am a very conservative Christian Chaplain. The new “hate crime” bill before congress will stand in the way of Chaplains to preach the good news of Christ. If we even speak against Homosexuality, we too can be court marshaled. Preaching God’s Word is becoming a “hate crime” in the United States. Soon God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn, then we will have only ourselves to blame for not stopping such an egregious atrocities against our Nation’s foundations. This is a sad day in America when soldiers are criminalized for protecting the US. Teachers like Tim Latham of Lawrence High School, Lawrence Kansas who is fired from his teaching job due to a few teachers with whom he works believes him to be “too patriotic.” How can anyone be too patriotic? How can anyone love Christ too much? One thing is sure: Christ is still on the throne. Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in ALL of your ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct your path.

  6. Joseph Smith, 17 February, 2013

    The Sermon on the mount indicates that when we are on Jesus Christ’s errands, their is no time for us to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, Do not be bothered with whether you are being Justy dealt with or not. To look for justice is a sign of deflection from devotion to Him. Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we will begin to grouse and to indulge in the discontent of self pity – Why should I be treated like this? If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with WHAT WE MEET, whether it be Just or unjust. Jesus says- Go steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from my deliverance. The most devout among us become atheistic in this connection: we do not believe God, we enthrone common sense and tack the name of God on to it. We do learn to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts. Jesus said That my kingdom is not of this world….

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