BATHING FOR CHRIST….May I please join the chorus of people whose jaws are hanging open after reading this story? Via Atrios, the San Jose Mercury News reports on a special brand of war profiteer:

In this dry desert world near Najaf, where the Army V Corps combat support system sprawls across miles of scabrous dust, there’s an oasis of sorts: a 500-gallon pool of pristine, cool water. It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water shortage – which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks – as an opportunity.

“It’s simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized,” he said.

….First, though, the soldiers have to go to one of Llano’s hour-and-a-half sermons in his dirt-floor tent. Then the baptism takes an hour of quoting from the Bible.

….He calls himself a “Southern Baptist evangelist,” and justifies the war and killing with a verse from the Gospel of Matthew, which he often recites: “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Why does this guy have 500 gallons of water? Why is he allowed to proselytize on the government’s dime? Why does the army put up with this?

This guy must be reading a different version of the Bible than I read when I was a kid. He’s a disgrace to Christians everywhere.