Burning Qurans and Bibles

September 10, 2010 04:11

The Obama administration is roundly denouncing plans to burn copies of the Quran. Christian leaders rightly condemn it as “appalling” and “disgusting” and say it “violates both our Christian and American identities.” So why the silence when Bibles were burned?

By Wendy Wright at American Thinker


‘In 2009, a church in the U.S. saved and held fundraisers to afford the cost of buying and shipping Bibles in the Pashto and Dari language to an American sergeant in Afghanistan.

The Bibles were confiscated by military personnel, thrown away, and burned. Troops in war zones are required to “burn their trash,” reported a Defense Department spokesman.

Central Command General Order No. 1 forbids “proselytizing of any faith, religion, or practice.” It is strongly enforced in predominantly Muslim areas out of fear that distributing religious material will be seen as an attempt by the U.S. to proselytize local people.

Military officials chose to burn the Bibles rather than send them back to the church, fearing the church would send them to another organization in Afghanistan.

Yet rather than express their concern and allow the church to find other uses for the Bibles, such as sending them to people outside of Afghanistan, officials destroyed the Bibles.

Here’s a burning question with an obvious answer: Would they have done that to Qurans?’


Wendy Wright is President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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