Air Force Chaplain Awarded Prestigious Bronze Star for PowerPoint Teaching About Proper Disposal, Handling of Islamic Texts

Not a joke, this is actually true …

Air Force Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, 51, has been awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his creation of a PowerPoint presentation that informs the military about how to properly treat Islamic religious materials and for his role in a suicide prevention training program, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Considering that the Bronze Star is the military’s fifth most prestigious award — and bearing in mind the Islamic-centered work that led to the accolade — it’s certainly a story worth telling.

Trainer’s response to radical extremism unfolded in early 2012. After deadly riots broke out in Afghanistan last year following revelations that Korans were accidentally burned, Trainer apparently came up with a solution. The Daily News has more:

After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives.

For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.

And he did it with a PowerPoint presentation.

Within 48 hours of the riots that left 30 people dead, including two U.S. troops and two additional military advisers, Trainer created a PowerPoint presentation addressing how Islamic material should be handled and disposed of. In addition to laying out these elements, the Daily News reports that the chaplain, a nondenominational Christian pastor, also identified what constitutes important Islamic material.

I wonder would the Bible have been according such treatment?


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