Military Bible Destruction

The headline to this story is a bit misleading: U.S. military destroys soldier’s Bibles

It sounds as if a bunch of MPs rummaged through every soldiers belongings and gathered up all the bibles, which is not the case (You would think professional writers could be more clear). Notice the “soldier’s” is singular possessive, not plural, though many Bibles were taken from this guy.

It looks like this action was done to prevent an over zealous soldier for proselytizing to the locals. It seems a church sent stacks of bibles translated to the local language to a soldier stationed over seas just there just for that purpose. The soldier is, of course, in that country on government business and should not be allowed to proselytize his religion (once he is out of the service, he can go back and preach all he wants).

The U.S. military forbids its members on active duty — including those based in places like Afghanistan — from trying to convert people to another religion.

All the same, the destruction of private property, Bibles or not, just isn’t cool, though I’m sure the military has dibs on anything sent to any soldier and can do what they please in the interest of security. Sticking them into a storage shed and docking his pay for the rental fee may be a bit more tactical.

I would file this one as “abuse of position” for a soldier using his situation in the US military to promote his personal religion. A reprimand would be in order.

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