Dispatches from the Creation Wars

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When I interviewed Mikey Weinstein the other day, he mentioned video that they had found that showed Christian missionaries actually embedded with American troops in Afghanistan. The missionaries actually traveled with American troops, handing out Bibles in the local language to Afghanis. This was done for a show on JCTV called Travel the Road. You can see the MRFF page about this here. I’ll post the video below the fold. Here’s what MRFF writes about this situation:

Season 2 of this series ended with three episodes filmed in Afghanistan — Journey to the Line: Afghanistan: Part 1, Terrors of the Night: Afghanistan: Part 2, and Fog of War: Afghanistan: Part 3. For these episodes, the missionaries were completely embedded and, thus, actually permitted to stay on U.S. military bases, travel with a public affairs unit, and accompany and film troops on patrols, all for the purpose of evangelizing Afghanis and producing a television show promoting the Christian religion. The number of DoD Public Affairs regulations violated in the military’s participation and assistance in producing a religious program alone is staggering, not to mention other violations (including constitutional) documented in the content of the program, which include the outrageous violation of the United States Central Command’s General Order 1-A, which absolutely prohibits any proselytization whatsoever in the Middle Eastern theater of operations. In complete disregard of this bedrock standing order, the U.S. Army facilitated these evangelizing Christian missionaries in their distribution of New Testaments in the Arabic native language (“Darri” dialect) to the Afghani people.

The clips in this video are all from the program’s third Afghanistan episode, with the e xception of the second clip, which is from the first episode. The chaplain in that clip, who expresses his delight about being able to talk to the Afghani people about Christianity and the possibility of a “revival” in their country, is Capt. Brad Hanna of the Oklahoma National Guard. After returning from Afghanistan, Capt. Hanna was made a full-time support chaplain for the Oklahoma National Guard. Also facilitating the numerous constitutional, regulation, and general order violations perpetrated in the making of these episodes was SSgt. Sheldon Hoyt, who was in Afghanistan at the time with Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment. SSgt. Hoyt, who is frequently mentioned by the evangelizing Christian missionaries throughout the “Travel the Road” episodes, appears to have been more involved with their crusade than just being assigned by the Army to assist them, being a regular participant on the “Travel the Road” internet message board that they hosted for several years.

Here’s one of the videos:

This is incredible and a clear violation of military protocol and good policy.