The May edition of Harper's Magazine <http://www.harpers.org/archive/2009/05> carries an article -- 'Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military', by Jeff Sharlet -- that will fuel religious freedom debates for some time. The story opens with allegations of soldiers vandalising mosques -- 'Spray-painting 'em with crosses'; and continues with a report on how one Special Forces group commissioned their interpreter, an Iraqi from Texas, to paint a legend across their Bradley tank, which read (in giant red Arabic script) 'Jesus killed Mohammed'.
In response to this, Al Jazeera has released excerpts from a year-old documentary which provides evidence that Christian soldiers have been distributing New Testaments in local languages to Iraqi and Afghan Muslims. The allegation is that this violates the military's rules against 'proselytism'. As noted in a report by Democracy Now, the Bibles in the Al Jazeera film clip were never distributed because the US military confiscated and destroyed them.
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