This is an email I received - like I am sure we all did:
"Please Help Protect Our American Soldiers
From Anti-Catholic Propaganda!
Catholic Troops are in Danger of Losing Their Faith While They’re Risking Their Lives . . .and They Need Your Help!
Click here to make your online pledge now.
Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,
Imagine yourself in this situation . . .
You’re a young American soldier, born and raised Catholic, and you’re deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan or some other hot spot in the world today.
You risk your life on a daily basis. You’re fighting an increasingly unpopular war. Death and despair are all around you—and there’s little you can do about it.
This is a time when you need your Catholic faith and the soul-sustaining grace of the sacraments the most.
Yet, at the same time that you’re in harm’s way, you’re also “under fire” from zealous anti-Catholics who want you to go AWOL from the Catholic faith.
At night in your barracks, they ply you with tracts and booklets that show how unbiblical the Catholic religion is. They recite their version of the history of the Church and try to convince you that Catholicism is essentially pagan or blasphemous—and guilty of outright idolatry.
Now, bear in mind, you’re young—and you weren’t well-schooled in the catechism and Catholic apologetics when you were growing up. So you listen to the seemingly plausible arguments of the anti-Catholics . . . you stare blankly at your MRE . . . and you wonder if there are any answers to these attacks on your faith.
Out of loyalty, you try your best to defend the beliefs, practices, and traditions that the Fundamentalists are targeting. But to no avail—because you’re not equipped to defend the faith against such attacks.
Then, before you know it, you start to doubt the Catholic faith. You start reading the tracts and books that your buddy in the foxhole gave you. You even begin attending Protestant Bible studies. And then their church services. You discover that they’re really nice people, and they truly love the Lord.
Before you know it, you’re renouncing your Catholic faith and saying, “I used to be Catholic, but then I studied the Bible, and now I’m Christian!”
This happens every day among our armed forces.
The anti-Catholic zealots “target” **the poorly-catechized **Catholic troops they’re stationed with—and “save” them for the Lord by getting them to abandon Catholicism.
Yes, they mean well. They think they’re doing the right thing. But you and I know better.
The fact remains that Catholic soldiers—all over the globe—are on the defense against the slick, well-rehearsed, and well-organized propaganda machine of Protestant Fundamentalism.
But not anymore—not if I can help it.
You see, a high proportion (over 25%) of our troops are Catholics. Most are young and not well educated in the faith, so they are easy targets for the propaganda of anti-Catholic zealots.
Whether on a ship, on base, or in a foxhole, these troops are a captive audience for the Fundamentalists, who are encouraged by their own chaplains to evangelize Catholics and recruit them for Protestant Bible studies. Protestant chaplains have even been known to hand out Jack Chick publications—the worst anti-Catholic propaganda of all.
Well, a few years ago, we decided to do something about this problem.
We had been contacted by hundreds of Catholic chaplains and personnel from all branches of the military. They told us numerous stories of how bad anti-Catholic proselytizing is in the U.S. military.
Knowing that our troops simply need the basic truths of the Catholic faith, we felt that we should send FREE copies of our most powerful defensive weapon—Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth to Catholic chaplains as well as to any servicemen who contacted us for help.
We’ve sent tens of thousands of copies of Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth (and our other material) to troops all over the world.
Unfortunately, it’s not cheap to do that.
Today I ask your help so we can continue sending Pillar and our other material to our troops—because the need is greater than ever.
Would you be able to make a pledge of $15.00 a month or more? Click the link below.
With more and more troops deployed in Iraq and elsewhere around the world, the demand for solid Catholic apologetics material has increased sharply.
So have our expenses. Shipping costs alone have skyrocketed—and so has the cost of printing the material that we send them (Pillar, tracts, Pure Love—you name it).