The January 2009 newsletter of Worldwide Military Baptist Missions, for example, included these images of their English-Arabic proselytizing materials.This is from the caption for these photos:
"In 2008, we shipped over 226,000 gospel tracts, 21,000 Bibles, New Testaments and gospels of John (to include English-Arabic ones!) and 404 'discipleship kits' to service members & churches for use in war zones, on ships and near military bases around the world."Then there's the fact that the DoD has authorized the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, which is headed by Jim Ammerman, who things Democrats should be executed.
Ammerman, working with an organization called the International Missions Network Center, set up a network of 40 of his chaplains serving in Iraq to receive and distribute Arabic Bibles in order to "establish a wedge for the kingdom of God in the Middle East, directly affecting the Islamic world," as he said in one of the CFGC's newsletters, and which IMNC called the "true reconstruction" of Iraq.10 Ways the U.S. Military Has Shoved Christianity Down Muslims' Throats | World | AlterNet. In 2003, when I first encountered the Kicking for Christ mission, things were pretty grim. Dubbya was in power and popular. The corporate media was saying nothing about the lies and crimes of the wars, and some sort of crazy fundamentalist Christian takeover of the US government and its military seemed inevitable. That night as I drove the hour and a half home from a rather difficult workout (for instance, we had to hold a push up position until we could cite the correct Bible versues by heart - a task I was ill-prepared for), a thick fog rolled in. As I fiddled with the radio to try and find a station, the only thing that came in was an Evangelical preacher screaming about how Muslims want to kill us all. At that moment, truck lights bore through the fog and I had to quickly swerve to avoid arriving in Hell ahead of my time. Afterwards, sitting in my car and trying to get my heart beat to slow down, I listened to the static-filed voice of the angry preacher, I waited for some sign- from God or the Fates or the inner recesses of my brain. What to do? What to do about the Christian takeover of state and military that was happening? The "Holy Wars" being waged. But neither God nor the Fates nor I had an answer then. And I still don't have an answer now. Except pray. Pray really really hard that this madness will end, the Christian Right will occupy its rightful place outside the power of the state, and we can somehow go back to a time when separation of Church and State had more of a chance of survival than an ice cube in Hell.