In the military, you are trained first and foremost to think for yourself. Contrary to much public opinion, especially on the Left, Marines are taught to adapt to circumstances and to improvise. And, most certainly not as an afterthought, to obey all lawful orders without hesitation or reservation.
Now we have a case of a Marine who has broken the code in the Middle East: if Muslims would but turn to Jesus Christ as their savior, there would be no more jihad, no more suicide bombings, no more war against freedom.
One Marine apparently took matters into his own hands, and, according to this report from the WaPo:
The U.S. military suspended a Marine on Thursday for distributing coins quoting the Gospel to Sunni Muslims, an incident that has enraged Iraqis who view it as the latest example of American disrespect for Islam.
The Marine, stationed in the western city of Fallujah, handed out silver-colored coins this week that said in Arabic: “Where will you spend eternity? (John 3:36).” The other side 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).”
The usual suspects have gotten their knickers in a politically correct twist:
“We are sorry for this behavior,” said Mike Isho, a U.S. military spokesman in Anbar province, which includes Fallujah. He said the Marine, whom he did not identify, distributed only a few of the coins and that the episode was under investigation.
“This incident doesn’t represent the morals of the Marines,” he said.
That’s too bad. Would that our troops who are Christian would spread the Good News to those most in need of it. Yes, the locals are offended; yes they bleat about “crusaders.” Boo hoo. In the name of political correctness, our military has silenced one man’s freedom to express his faith.
In the best tradition of political correctness, our troops are instructed to “respect” Islam. But Islam is not a faith to be respected, when it combines with Arab tribalism and results in the deaths of innocents. Which it has done since its very inception almost 1400 years ago.
Finally, if Islam can not withstand a few lines of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, how weak that faith must truly be.