US Army Burned Bibles in Afghanistan
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 2:13 AM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai.   (AP Photo/Presidentail Palace, HO)

(Newser) – The US military burned bibles sent to Afghanistan by an American church, reports CNN. Officials feared the bibles, sent last year, would cause problems if they were used in a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity. The unsolicited bibles were printed in the two most popular Afghani languages. Ironically, Taliban supporters burned bibles in an attack on a Pakistani village just last month.

If the American bibles "did get out, it could be perceived by Afghans that the US government or the US military was trying to convert Muslims," a Defense Department spokesman said yesterday. Officials considered returning the bibles to the church, but were concerned they would only be sent back to Afghanistan. War zone troops are required to burn all trash, according to the Defense Department.

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NORMA
Sep 26, 2010 9:02 PM CDT
BURN TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ??????????????????????????? WE SURE ARE LOSING THE BATTLE! THEY WILL BRING THEIR TRASH OVER HERE AND TAKE OVER. SAD THAT IT COMES TO THIS. ARE WE TRYING TO HELP THEM GET FREEDOM? FREEDOM FOR THEIR WOMEN TOO? FREEDOM TO WORSHIP, FREEDOM TO LIVE?????????????
justme
May 21, 2009 7:15 AM CDT
They were brought in by a private soldier. It is against military code to proselytize (defined as attempting to spread a religious view) in a war zone. Iraq and Afghanistan are predominantly Muslim. It would create incredible havoc if the US is seen as spreading Christianity.
paul123
May 20, 2009 9:23 PM CDT
Chill out guys. I read the headline, posted, then read the news piece. Sorry. Mad, your anger is misplaced. Go get some help.