Proselytizing and Free Speech
June 03, 2008 at 11:57 AM
There have been interesting recent developments on the issue of proselytizing in war zones by American military personnel. Recently a U.S. Marine stationed in Fallujah was re-assigned to another area, and reprimanded, for passing out coins imprinted with Bible verses written in Arabic. In a similar story, a British police officer alledgedly told two Christian missionaries who were passing out leaflets in a largely Muslim area that they were committing a hate crime. Follow the discussion at the Volokh Conspiracy.
U.S. Marine re-assigned for distributing coins bearing Bible verses -- The Guardian (UK)
Missionary work in Iraq -- TIME
Missionaries' war for souls raises tension in Iraq -- The Age (Australia)
US Army of God? General casts war in religious terms -- Commondreams.org