Of Apologies and Apostasy

America’s Brightest and Best have been fighting and dying in Afghanistan since we commenced military operations there in 2001. Currently, our casualties in that theater stand at 1,904 killed and 14,342 wounded.

President Barack Hussein Obama has taken it upon himself to apologize on behalf of the United States to the people who have killed our sons and daughters.

US President Barack Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter of apology over the burning of copies of the Koran overseen by a US officer at a US military base, Karzai’s office said Thursday.

Obama said the incident was unintentional and pledged a full investigation, the president’s office said, as fierce anti-US protests swept the nation in which at least 14 people have died, including two American soldiers.

“I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,” Obama wrote in the letter presented to Karzai by US ambassador Ryan Crocker. “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.”

“The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible,” the letter said.

Karzai told members of parliament that a US officer was responsible for the burning that was done “out of ignorance”, his office said.

The incident at the US military base at Bagram north of Kabul sparked three days of fierce anti-US protests in which at least 12 protesters were killed.

Two American soldiers also died when an Afghan army colleague turned his weapon on them as demonstrators approached a US base in eastern Nangarhar province Thursday, the military and officials said.

“As the protesters approached the American base here an ANA (Afghan) soldier in the base opened fire on American soldiers, killing two soldiers,” said the district chief of Khogyani in eastern Nangarhar province, Mohammad Hassan.

The shooter then escaped among the crowd while two protesters were killed and six wounded as the foreign soldiers returned fire, Hassan said.

NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance force had announced the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of a man in Afghan army uniform, without identifying their nationalities.

The attack came just hours after Taliban insurgents urged Afghans to kill foreign troops to avenge the burning of the Korans.

You want to know what the ig’nant thing is about Obama’s apology? Read on.

The Qurans were among religious materials removed from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield. The materials were gathered for disposal and were inadvertently given to troops for burning, Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, said Tuesday.

“This was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials,” he said. “It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam. It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it, we immediately stopped and we intervened.”

A military official said the materials were removed from the detainee center’s library because they had “extremist inscriptions” on them and there was “an appearance that these documents were being used to facilitate extremist communications.”

On May 19th, 2009, ABC News published the following story:

On May 4, Al Jazeera English ran a report suggesting that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan may have been violating anti-proselytizing rules by distributing Dari-and Pashto-language New Testament Bibles.

Central Command General Order No. 1 specifically forbids “proselytizing of any faith, religion or practice.” The footage came from documentary filmmaker Brian Hughes

The report showed a service from approximately a year ago, with the head U.S. military chaplain in Afghanistan, Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley, talking about the need to spread the Gospel.

“The special forces guys — they hunt men basically,” Hensley said. “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 the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”

In another clip, Sgt. Jon Watt mentions during a Bible study class: “My church collected some money to get Bibles for Afghanistan. They came and sent the money out.”

In a discussion about General Order No. 1, Watt says “you can’t proselytize, but you can give gifts.”

In the extended documentary footage Watt talks about how this worked in Iraq. “I bought a carpet and then I gave the guy a Bible after I conducted my business… The expressions that I got from the people in Iraq [were] just phenomenal, they were hungry for The Word.”

The day of the Al Jazeera English broadcast, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was asked about the report.

“My reaction is twofold,” Mullen said. “One is that I’m not aware of the details of this and certainly want to know more about it. Secondly, it certainly is — from the United States military’s perspective — not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion. Period.”

Pentagon officials immediately began assailing the story as “wrong.” Pentagon officials said that Lt. Col. Hensley was not promoting the proselytizing of Afghans, and Watt was counseled not to distribute them.

Though a discussion about what to do with the Bibles was captured on video, Pentagon officials said the end result that the Bibles were not distributed but confiscated by the chaplain — which is not shown in the footage.

“A documentary filmmaker was allowed onto Bagram last May to shoot footage of religious sessions involving troops,” the Pentagon said. “He recorded a session where a participant displayed Bibles translated into Dari and Pashto that had been sent to him by his church back home. After a discussion of how or if they should be distributed, the chaplain running the service reaffirmed Gen. Order No. 1 and the Bibles were not distributed and were confiscated.”

As to the Lt. Col. Hensley urging his congregation to hunt people for Jesus, the Pentagon official said the chaplain was speaking in general terms and not urging them to go out into Afghanistan to convert locals.

(That, of course, does not touch the issue of Sgt. Watt distributing Bibles in Iraq.)

On May 5, Army spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis told Reuters that at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan “the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera’s clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed.”

Today, Christian Broadcasting’s David Brody says “the Bibles were burned because the rules on the base say that all garbage is burned at the end of the day. But just asking here; if the U.S. Military seized a stack full of Korans, would they be burned? You think that might cause a little outrage in the Muslim world?”

Brody also makes note of The Great Commission in the Book of Matthew where Jesus says “(G)o and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Why did the 78% of Americans who proclaim Christianity never receive an apology?

Merriam-Webster defines apostasy as:

  1. renunciation of a religious faith
  2. abandonment of a previous loyalty

As pertains to our current Commander-in-Chief, you decide which definition applies.

Or, you could choose: 3. Both of the above.

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4 Responses to Of Apologies and Apostasy

  1. josephine says:

    On some radio show this week I heard that the Korans that were burned had been written in and this is a death sentence for muslims. The Korans were taken so as to see what they had written, and then burned because the muslim belief is that writing in their book is a sin against Allah and the only purification is to burn them. I have no idea if this is true. I write in my study Bible every time I open it. God likes me to learn the Word.
    God has given us just a few things to do here on earth. The first ones are to Procreate, Spread the Word, and love each other. Obama is taking all of this from us. If the soldiers were handing out Bibles, I think that is wonderful The muslim people in Afghanistan are in bondage, Christianity frees all that believe.
    I’ve been at home all week this week and I took the Constitution 101 course offered by Hillsdale. Obama should be dragged from the White House and exiled to some communist country. Cuba, maybe. This series has awakened the love of my country in an amazing way. She (America) has been stomped on by all of this blatant power grab that is going on by Obama.
    And I know why Michelle is always so angry….She is more masculine than he. Her husband is only interested in himself. He crossed his hands like an old woman during the State of the Union Address.
    I went to see “Act of Valor” this afternoon. It was in the 50′s and the sun was shining and the theater was full. All of them to see this true to life story of bravery and heroism. While I sat there watching, I was thinking about how long it had been since I saw an historical war movie. I think the last one was “Bridge over River Kwai(?)” Act of Value was good. It was good men fighting evil and protecting the world. It was a true story.
    I love some of those Hollywood action movies, but compared to this they are fake and lame. This was real. That’s all I will say. The Seals were real.
    We have a communist in the White House who whines and slaps us when he doesn’t get his way. He has apologized to killers that would destroy our country and kill our people. He is on their side in his heart. He is on everybody elses side but ours. He wants to hurt us, as he hates what we stand for. Evil hates goodness. Evil hates strength,Evil wants us to worship evil. And even though I am a die hard #newtster, I agree with everything Santorum says about Satan and our country. Evil is just a more accepted way to say Satan out in public. The Bible says all of this in plain speech. The person that killed the two officers did so to prove they could hurt us in a way that would scare us. The websites are saying that it was an inside job, as the officers were in a secure locked down part of the building. This was a statement by the Muslims.
    After listening to Dr. Arnns at Hilsdale, I think we should arrest those in Washington that are determined to take over this country. They have superseded the separation of the branches of government. These are there because even good people can be tempted to behave poorly when the opportunity presents itself. Our republic is under attack.Obama deceived the people of this country. He did this to win the election as the way to take us down. He is a fraud and a liar. Black Theology is not Christianity, as found in the Book of Romans. It is a cult – a distortion of Christianity that should be abolished.

  2. Dana Pearson says:

    These rioters in Afghanistan have world views that are irreconcilable with our own. In my view they act like animals.

    That being said, we should not be buring Bibles or Korans at airbases in Afghanistan. In fact, we should not have air bases in Afghanistan at all. It is long past time for us to call the longest war in US history over. Bring our soldiers home from Afghanistan and let the animals that remain there devour each other.

    The 9/11 bombers were Saudis and citizens of the Arab Emirates not Afghanistan. We should be letting the rulers of the kleptocracies in those countries worry about protecting themselves from Iran, rather than defending Saudi Arabia and the UAE from Iran. By screwing around in Afghanistan and defending Saudi Arabia and the UAE from Iran, we allow the kleptocratic Arabian sheiks and mullahs use their resources to export their salafist brand of sunni Isam to America.

    If some brave US missionaries feel called to go to Afghanistan (or Oman or the UAE), I may support them personally. But the US government should not be sending young men and women there either with or without Bibles.

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  4. Kenny Lee says:

    The Quarans were being used to pass messages back and forth between the prisoners. The guards were told to take care of the problem – so they burned the books along with other items. There was NO Ill intent.

    And today – there is a group calling for the prosecution of the guards who burned the books. NATO has agreed to prosecute the two guards.