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Pentagon Authorizes Evangelists To Proselytizing In Iraq

Posted by nytexan on August 9, 2007

This has to be among the biggest bone head ideas of the Pentagon. With the Pentagon’s help the apocalyptic evangelists are proselytizing US troops in Iraq. This stunning idea of sending right wing fundamentalist Christians into a Muslim country to convert people looks like “onward Christian soldier.” Is the military freaking kidding me? Are they really trying to get more people killed?

Of course the charge is lead by right wing nut job Stephen Baldwin who is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. Granted they will be proselytizing to US troops but the timing and location is beyond comprehension.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

  • Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official armof the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.
  • “We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region,” OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”
  • The Defense Department’s Chaplain’s Office, which oversees OSU’s activities, has not responded to calls seeking comment.
  • “The constitution has been assaulted and brutalized,” Mikey Weinstein, former Reagan Administration White House counsel, ex-Air Force judge advocate (JAG), and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me. “Thanks to the influence of extreme Christian fundamentalism, the wall separating church and state is nothing but smoke and debris. And OSU is the IED that exploded the wall separating church and state in the Pentagon and throughout our military.”
  • Weinstein continued: “The fact that they would even consider taking their crusade to a Muslim country shows the threat to our national security and to the constitution and everyone that loves it.”
  • But behind OSU’s anodyne promises of wholesome fun for military families, the organization promotes an apocalyptic brand of evangelical Christianity to active duty US soldiers serving in Muslim-dominated regions of the Middle East. Displayed prominently on the “What We Believe” section of OSU’s website is a passage from the Book of Revelations (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15) that has become the bedrock of the Christian right’s End Times theology: “The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
  • With the endorsement of the Defense Department, OSU is mailing “Freedom Packages” to soldiers serving in Iraq. These are not your grandfather’s care packages, however. Besides pairs of white socks and boxes of baby wipes (included at the apparent suggestion of Iran-Contra felon Oliver North, according to OSU) OSU’s care packages contain the controversial Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game. The game is inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ bestselling pulp fiction series about a blood-soaked Battle of Armageddon pitting born-again Christians against anybody who does not adhere to their particular theology. In LaHaye’s and Jenkins’ books, the non-believers are ultimately condemned to “everlasting punishment” while the evangelicals are “raptured” up to heaven.
  • This controversy has not deterred OSU from encouraging US troops to play virtual rounds of kill or convert after a hard day of house-to-house searches and counterinsurgency warfare against Iraqi insurgents. What’s more, OSU’s “Freedom Packages” include a copy of evangelical pastor Jonathan McDowell’s More Than A Carpenter– a book advertised as “one of the most powerful evangelism tools worldwide” — that is double-published in Arabic. Considering that only a handful of American troops speak Arabic, the book is ostensibly intended for proselytizing efforts among Iraqi civilians.

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16 Responses to “Pentagon Authorizes Evangelists To Proselytizing In Iraq”

  1. Saeed Tiwana said

    US & VATICAN had no diplomatic contact for atleast a hundred years ever since one of the key player in Lincoln’s assassination was tried in America. He was let off by a hung jury. Reagon started the resuscitation after 100 years. That gave him the votes to put him in Whitehouse. George Bush jr. , no Church lover, saw the votes in resuscitating yet stronger ties with the Vatican. He gave the burial of the last pope a ceremony befitting an Emperor of the world. It was a Pope who started CRUSADES I. That is history now. The jews found out that persecution theory helps unite the scattered jews. Muslims are already working on that theory–persecuted, so fight the Crusade II.
    The US constitution andc ideas of Abe Lincoln were a rebellious as far as the Popes are concerned. Respect all religions or be ready to see a chopping bloc of the coming generations of both sides. That, simply, is the choice. I know the Muslim World; these Pentagon evangelists are looking for fame and fortune; not peace and transquility. Take the plunge and see the results. Atomic bombs are not important. Einstein is more important than an atomic bomb.We have now about a good number of war experts who can live off the money of the Crusaders. Let good sense prevail. See one mistake ( Iraq & Afghanistan) has put so many millions in trouble.
    Religion diesn’t want its follower to be troublemaker.You can beat the hell out of Muslims but in the end you’d find your country divided and the muslim countries united.Pick your choice.

  2. nytexan said

    Saeed Tiwana:
    My choice is that the Christians leave everyone alone. They have caused more problems in the world through the centuries than they are worth.

    They will be causing more problems than they realize.

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  4. Munaeem said

    I think. We are heading towards clash of civilians. This kind of action will straighten the hands of militancy and extremism in Islamic world.

  5. nytexan said

    Muameen:
    It is disgraceful. You are correct that this is playing into the hands of the extremist in all religions.

  6. unitedwelay1 said

    That’s definitely going to help our cause. Wait. What is our cause? Can I link to this?

  7. nytexan said

    unitedwelay1:
    Uhhhh….I don’t think the cause has been revealed yet, maybe that the September surprise.

    Yes you can link to this and anything else on the blog.

  8. kip152 said

    To this, I will have to respond like the Caveman in the Geico commercial: “Duh, WHAT?”

  9. ClapSo said

    With any luck the god squad idiots won’t be satisfied only evangelizing to US troops in Iraq. If they could please go out into the streets and try to convert someone else, get themselves killed and save us from having to hear anymore of their religious bullshit. I would be most pleased.

    I wish the OSU would take ALL the idiot evangelicals with them…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  10. nytexan said

    Kip152:
    You really have to shake your head and wonder what in the hell are they thinking.

  11. nytexan said

    Clapso:
    I am so sick of the religious crap. They create more problems than they are worth.

  12. Saeed Tiwana said

    Americans are a TRADING NATION. A shopkeeper cannot afford religious wars in his shop. If only America sticks to doing business all over the world, it can have anything and everything. To derail America, it must be made HATED. No one goes to a shop he hates. A ten bucks letter to Saddam to visit Crawford Texas, eat dinner, address the UN, give out his plan to return to democracy, would have avoided all this trouble. He would have come ( Remember he broke the teeth of religious warlords of Iran) He never had a bomb because others could then wipe his Nation off. Asking Saddam 10 or 20 billion USd per six-months for the poor in the USA was a better trick. He’d have sold oil cheaper. Now what will you do with his head rolled into dust?
    Trade with Iraq? No Sir. Trading is no longer the cards on the table.
    Selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudis is no TRADING. It is arming one against the other.

  13. unitedwelay1 said

    That was kind of my point. If we’ve been fighting a war for 5 years, shouldn’t we know WHY?

  14. nytexan said

    unitedwelay1:
    Our cause is the best kept secret, our reason is oil.

    BTW:What’s your blog address?

  15. unitedwelay1 said

    http://unitedwelay1.wordpress.com/

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