In a story that sounds like something from the Onion, it was reported last week that Marines are no longer allowed to emit audible farts in Afghanistan, as this is considered very offensive by the Afghan people. I actually thought this must be a joke when I first read it, but it was reported by the Military Times, so it’s apparently for real.
What immediately hit me was the incredible irony that the military is extremely worried about U.S. service members offending the Afghans with farts, but has done nothing to stop evangelical Christian service members and military contractors from attempting to proselytize Afghan Muslims, something that I would guess is far more offensive to these people than a little gas.
But there’s a second bit of irony that I just can’t resist getting in here. The same day that the Marine fart story broke, I got an email at MRFF reporting that a Marine Band is going to be performing at a “God and Country” concert at Evangelical Baptist College in Florida. This is a college that actually has the following courses listed in its catalog:
EV 310. Evangelizing Catholics
EV 311. Evangelizing Muslims
EV 312. Evangelizing Hindus
EV 313. Evangelizing Buddhists
EV 314. Evengelizing Jews
EV 315. Evangelizing Animists
EV 316. Evangelizing Mormons
EV 317. Evangelizing Jehovah’s Witnesses
EV 318. Evangelizing Secular Humanists
MRFF will, of course, be dealing with the violation of regulations that this military band is going to be committing, but, since I’m off from MRFF this week to get some more work done on Volume 2 of Liars For Jesus, all I’m thinking about is the absurd irony that Marines can’t fart, but Marine bands can toot away to their heart’s content for Jesus!