For people who assume that a Big God would never restrict himself to such a particular and peculiar path, but would teach universal moral truths through the varied prisms of every religion, this is an outrage, an offense, a scandal.
Lots of Christian theologians nowadays simply assume that in our "global and multicultural post-colonial world", the assertion that only one religion (theirs) is true would be grotesque. They never notice, however, that certain other religions like, oh, I don't know, Islam hold exactly the same view and without qualification or apology. And even for the dharmic faiths, one would have to ask, if Hinduism were sufficient, why did Gautama go to all that trouble to get himself enlightened? Etc. etc.
It's a Western disease, really, this vulnerability to the lure of the Generic Whole. The bimillenial+ stew of Athens, Jerusalem, Rome, Wittenberg, the Enlightenment and Marx/Freud tends to produce acute cultural indigestion among the tenderer sort.
I thought of this when I read the comments attached to this picture.
Most were healthily impressed. But one, a highminded Welsh schoolgirl of benevolent mean, sarcastically asked if the Yankee poster would post such a picture were the soldiers in question American rather than British. The assumption is that it's not fair to root for your own side.
And that is, after all, Robert Frost's definition of a liberal, someone who's too broad-minded to take his own side in an argument.
Part of what liberalism eats away at --in a very targeted way-- is particularity, so that --in a very particular way-- it becomes scandalous. What is scandalous, of course, is the West, or America, or men, or any of the Oppressor Classes preferring their own to The Other. I recall a distraught (White, of course) female journalist during the Iraq War asking, as if it were rhetorical, "Are American lives worth more than Iraqi lives?"
Well, duh. Yes, of course, lady. How do you imagine that any Iraqi, were the question reversed, would answer? This is a question that would be taken seriously only by White People: The Most Foolish People On The Planet (c).
What Ex Cathedra has come to believe is that while God may --and I emphasize may*-- love everyone equally, abstracting yourself from the particularity and tribal reality of life on God's earth and aiming to love everyone equally is a recipe for suicide.
In short: You damn well better prefer your own people to everyone else, because everyone else prefers their own people to you.
*Thomas Aquinas did not believe the God loves everyone equally. Makes sense to me.