Chaplain: A promise to give full military honors

“Our veterans are dying at a rate of 1,600 a day. Because of the war on terrorism, our active and reserve forces are committed to preserving our democratic free society. As a result, 90 percent of America’s finest are buried without final military honors.” — Lt. Gen. Allen Baumann, National Commanding General of the U.S. Volunteers Joint Services Command

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LA Church & State Examiner: A college is attempting to fill a military chaplain shortage with ‘Boots on Ground.’ Baumann has put out a call for volunteers to enter a chaplains program at Promise Christian University in Pasadena. (story)

Pentagon Bible Verses: Words of Mass Distribution?

Pentagon briefings during the U.S.-Iraq war during the time of Donald Rumsfeld included cover sheets that “juxtaposed war images with inspirational Bible quotes,” according to a GQ magazine online report.

The GQ story includes a slide show with a series of photos and Bible verses. One “top secret” cover shows photos of soldiers praying and in action on the sands of Iraq and overlaid with the Isaiah 5:28 verse: “Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.”

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Baghdad: Operation Coffee and Cookies

For American military personnel serving in Iraq, there’s nothing like a taste of home—literally. Soldiers are finding comfort in a coffeehouse that provides homemade cookies run by a Baptist General Convention of Texas-endorsed chaplain, Kari Maschhoff.

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Disney Iraq?

A US soldier from Ghostrider Company 3rd Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, steps out of a bathroom newly renovated by coalition forces and painted with cartoons of Mickey Mouse in the restive Diyala province, located northeast of Baghdad. (AFP/David Furst)

Steps From Infamy

‘Survivor staircase’ from New York’s World Trade Center will be moved at Ground Zero for the first time this weekend.
‘Survivor staircase’ from Ground Zero

This undated file photo provided by the National Trust shows the Vesey Street staircase in New York, the only piece of the World Trade Center still standing exactly where it was before terrorists destroyed the twin towers. After years of debate over whether and how to preserve the structure, though, the ‘survivor staircase’, as it has come to be known, will be moved this weekend for the first time. Construction crews will station the stairs about 200 feet to be stored on site until they can be installed at the Sept. 11 memorial. (Photo: AP)

Hollywood’s Jolie Supports U.S. Troop Surge

Angelina Jolie wrote in an opinion editorial, “A Reason to Stay in Iraq,” that the reinforcement of U.S. troops in Iraq gives humanitarian programs a lift in assisting Iraqi refugees.

Angelina Jolie with Gen. David Petraeus (AP)

Never missing an opportunity to admire the best lips in Hollywood or to boost search referrals, The Scrooge Report takes this from the Associated Press:

BAGHDAD — Actress and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie said Thursday that the reinforcement of U.S. troops in Iraq has created an opportunity for humanitarian programs to boost assistance for Iraqi refugees.

In an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post, titled “A Reason to Stay in Iraq,” Jolie details the plight of refugees and says their conditions have not improved since she visited the country last August to urge governments to provide more support.

Jolie, who has been a U.N. goodwill ambassador since 2001, was in Baghdad earlier this month to again highlight the refugee problem. She talked with Gen. David Petraeus, the American military commander in Iraq, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the U.S. Embassy said.

Petraeus “told me he would support new efforts to address the humanitarian crisis” as much as possible, “which leaves me hopeful that more progress can be made,” the actress wrote.

Right on, Lips!

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What if Baghdad was a city of peace?

What if the impossible happened and it became a beacon of hope for the region? What if we prayed, and God answered, what could happen? Did you know that Baghdad was once called Madinat Al- Salam, city of peace? – BPP

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