FALLUJAH, Iraq — At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. “Where will you spend eternity?” it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it 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.”

“They are trying to convert us to Christianity,” said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They’d been given the coins, too, he said.

10 thoughts on “Crusade

  1. BuggyQ says:

    Oh, sweet chocolate Buddha. You have to be kidding me. The radical Christianization of our military is getting scarier all the time.
    This way lies Myanmar…

  2. joejoejoe says:

    A lot of military units have “challenge coins” or “unit coins” made up as a kind of collectable. It looks like one unit went crazy with their coin. This is the kind of thing that should be so clearly wrong it’s obvious but if you don’t think proselytizing while on duty for the US Marines is wrong, you don’t think these coins are wrong. The problem isn’t the coins, it’s that whoever had them minted thought they would be tolerated by their superiors. Which they were.
    It’s only the Iraqis who complained. Imagine that!

  3. PurpleGirl says:

    Not good at all. And wrong, Wrong, WRONG.

  4. hoppy says:

    I wonder why they didn’t ask Rev. Hagee to contribute one of his tidbits about Islam for the coins. Gotta keep that insurrection fired up or profits might fall for the munitions industry here.

  5. Auntie Meme says:

    Yeah, nice witness you got going there.

  6. Auntie Meme says:

    Yeah, nice witness you got going there.

  7. pansypoo says:

    do the coins have a pic of georgee?

  8. ¡Bat Boy! says:

    I always thought the Buddha was Butterscotch.

  9. MapleStreet says:

    Let me ignore the separation of Church and State for a moment. Let me ignore any sort of military traditions.
    As someone who hopes to be a Christian, I’m tryin to picture the message we’re giving to the Iraqis with these coins. Sorry about raping your sister, but God so loved the world…

  10. paul says:

    I gotta think as a matter of tactical smarts it’s really stupid to identify yourself to people in a war zone as one of the occupiers who truly is there as a crusader.

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