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Snazzy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 06:36 PM
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17. Mullen asked about today
May 04, 2009
Soldiers distributing Bibles to Afghans?

The following video caused quite a stir around the Pentagon today after al Jazeera reporter asked Adm. Michael Mullen about it at a press conference. It shows soldiers at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan collecting Bibles translated in Pashtun and Dari to distribute to the local population.

Here is the chairmans response:
QUESTION: Al Jazeera has broadcast footage of U.S. servicemen at Bagram with Bibles printed in Pashtu and Dari, and those servicemen talking about distributing those Bibles to Afghans. We don't know if any of them were distributed.

What's your reaction? And what is the military going to do about this?

MULLEN: My reaction is two-fold.

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 perspective, not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion. Period.
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