Thursday, May 29, 2008


MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS - At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. "Where will you spend eternity?" it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16."

"They are trying to convert us to Christianity," said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They'd been given the coins, too, he said. . .

Residents of the city are abuzz that some Americans whom they consider occupiers are also acting as Christian missionaries. Residents said some Marines at the western entrance to their city have been passing out the coins for two days in what they call a "humiliating" attempt to convert them to Christianity. . .

The head of the Sunni endowment in Fallujah, the organization that oversees Sunni places of worship and other religious establishments, demanded that the Marines stop. . .

A spokesman said the U.S. military is investigating.


At May 29, 2008 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A true conundrum---
There is the Marine code; Unit, Corps, God, & Country.
Then there is that which is demanded of true practitioners of the Faith; Above all, place nothing higher than the Lord, your God.

At May 30, 2008 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or as my old marine corpse buddy used to say after he returned from Viet Nam, "Eat the apple; fuck the corps."


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