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'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?

While the story of bible-verses-on-gun-scopes is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U.S. chaplain in Afghanistan encouraging soldiers to "hunt people for Jesus," and encouraging the distribution of Bibles translated into Dari and Pashto, according to video footage shot by a former soldier and documentary filmmaker:

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Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, is seen telling soldiers that as followers of Jesus Christ, they all have a responsibility "to be witnesses for him." "The special forces guys -- they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down," he says.

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"They weren't talking about learning how to speak Dari or Pashto, by reading the Bible and using that as the tool for language lessons," Hughes said. "The only reason they would have these documents there was to distribute them to the Afghan people. And I knew it was wrong, and I knew that filming it

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