There is a widespread belief in the Muslim world that President Bush, under the guise of war against terrorism, is in fact waging a latter-day Crusade against Islam and Muslims. In the waning days of this administration, it is becoming more and more evident that there is some truth to that assumption.
An article published in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago outlined a disturbing relationship between the Department of Defense and Christian evangelists. The DoD has been delivering “Freedom Packages” to U.S. soldiers in Iraq containing proselytizing material both in English and Arabic as well as the apocalyptic video game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces.” In the video, the soldiers of Christ hunt down enemies.
The packages were supplied by Operation Straight Up, a fundamentalist Christian ministry. This group was also planning to hold a series of entertainment programs for the troops called, symbolically, Military Crusade. (MORE)