About a year ago, a U.S. Army soldier received a shipment of Christian bibles, translated into Arabic dialects. A video of the prayer meeting discussion been released, complete with military denials. Proselytizing is forbidden in General Order #1, a list of rules governing all coalition forces in the Middle East. The actions are also forbidden by the UCMJ. Unfortunately, the military almost always looks the other way on these transgressions.
Democracy Now! is covering the story, and has a transcript posted on their website. This tidbit is from an Evangelical Sunday service:
AMY GOODMAN: The initial report aired by Al Jazeera included footage of Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, calling on soldiers to hunt people for Jesus.
LT. COL. GARY HENSLEY: The Special Forces guys, they hunt men, basically. We do the same things as Christians: we hunt people for Jesus. We do. We hunt them down, get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into kingdom. Right? That’s what we do. That’s our business.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which has filed several lawsuits about evangelical Christianity and religious discrimination in the military, has posted regarding the current issue.