Why has this odd bit of Islamopandering been undertaken now? Is this somebody’s idea of a rebuke to President Trump?
Were there no Christian chaplains available, and was it not considered that a Christian chaplain might be a more suitable leader for an overwhelmingly Christian population? If a Christian chaplain had been appointed the spiritual leader of an overwhelmingly Muslim force, would there not have been protests? How will Khallid Shabazz handle “the spiritual affairs of 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers”? If they affirm the divinity of Christ, will he tell them “They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary” (Qur’an 5:17)? If they want to observe Good Friday, will he tell them “they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but it appeared so to them” (Qur’an 4:157)?
Of course, it is certain that none of the Qur’an’s many critiques of Christianity were discussed while this appointment was being considered. That would have been “Islamophobic.”
Army Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, a Muslim chaplain, has accepted the job of handling the spiritual affairs of 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.
Shabazz recounted to McClatchy the offer he received to advise the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on spiritual matters.
“I’m on the phone saying, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it. I’ll serve honorably,’ and then I hang up the phone and I’m jumping all around like a little kid,” Shabazz said. “I was running around the office saying, al hamdulillah, al hamdulillah, praise be to God!”
Out of 1,400 chaplains in the Army, only five are Muslim. And across all the services, there are only ten Muslim chaplains total….
Shabazz, formerly known as Michael Barnes, was born Lutheran in Louisiana. He later joined the Army at 23 and was stationed in Germany, where he worked with a Muslim soldier. He says he quickly grew tired of the Muslim soldier bragging about Islam, so he challenged him to a public debate.The ensuing debate while on base caused Shabazz to reevaluate his religion. He subsequently converted and changed his name, before encountering struggle after struggle in the Army and later joining on with the Chaplain Corps.
He’s now served as a chaplain for 18 years and has deployed to Iraq, Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay.
Shabazz said he is not interested in converting anyone to Islam, but some soldiers do end up converting.
“My job is not to convert anybody to Islam,” Shabazz said. “God guides people. My only goal is to have people leave my office stronger than when they came in.”
Most of the time, Shabazz spends his hours advocating for Islam, so as to prevent “anti-Muslim” incidents at bases….