BAGHDAD – A U.S. Marine handed out coins promoting Christianity to Muslims in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, outraged Sunni officials said Friday. The U.S. military responded quickly, removing a trooper from duty pending an investigation.
One side asked: “Where will you spend eternity?”
The other contained a verse from the New Testament: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.”
Later a military spokesman said, “”This incident doesn’t represent the morals of the Marines.” I thought maybe the morals of Marines would include freedom of speech and religion.
Was the Marine right to do this? No. But the over-reaction by the Iraqis is not right either and is just another example of the intolerance of Islam and why some countries in Europe are now paying the price for open immigration.