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Marines In Trouble For Handing Out Bible Verses in Iraq
This goes to show how resistant Muslim are to learning anything about Christianity. They see any knowledge of it as a threat to Islam.
AFP: The US military said on Friday it was probing complaints that marines handed out coins inscribed with a verse from the Bible to a group of Sunni Muslims in Iraq, sparking outrage among local residents.
The coins probably said something like, "Love thy neighbor." Now they're ready to riot.
UPDATE: Emerelda finds that the verse was from the Gospel of John - "And God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life."
It said a service member involved in the incident in the former flashpoint city of Fallujah west of Baghdad was removed from his duties on Thursday.
"US forces initiated an investigation into reports that a coin with a Bible verse written in Arabic was distributed to Iraqi citizens as they passed through a Fallujah entry control point," the military said in a statement.
"A coalition force service member was removed from his duties Thursday amid concerns from Fallujah's citizens regarding reports of inappropriate conduct."
Residents of Fallujah, scene of one of the bloodiest post-invasion battles between insurgents and US forces in Iraq in 2004, said that marines had been doling out the token-like coins to residents to promote Christianity...
The marines are charged with promoting democracy but are forbidden to promote the religious understanding of universal brotherhood that make democracy possible. Is there any wonder why this isn't working?