Saturday, June 4, 2005

HOW TO MISHANDLE THE KORAN

Excuse if I am speaking bluntly here, but I am must say that I am p*ssed off by the ongoing chatter about how the Koran has been "mishandled" in some way. I repeat my question from my post, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIBRARY AT GITMO? Why do the prisoners get copies of the Koran in the first place? Do they have a right to get this holy book? Don't they understand that the terrorists are getting inspired by the ideas in the Koran? Not only are the prisoners receiving Korans free of charge, the books have to be handled according to special instructions. Here is an excerpt from the article, US Military Provides Details of Koran Mishandling at Guantanamo by Al Pessin.

In a series of news releases Friday, the Southern Command also published guidelines it issued in February for the handling of the Koran. That was before the Newsweek story was published, and officials have said the guidelines update an earlier effort to improve handling of the Koran at Guantanamo.

The guidelines say that only Muslim clergymen or interpreters, or the prisoners themselves, can even touch a Koran. When the clergymen or interpreters do so, they must put on clean gloves and may not do anything to show disrespect for the Muslim holy book, such as putting it on the floor or in any dirty areas. Guards are no longer allowed to touch the books at all. (VOANews.com, 06/04/05.)


For more on this story, read Austin Bay's post, Fifteen to Five: Terrorists Beat Gitmo Guards in Koran "Mishandling". [Via InstaPundit.]

Related: My post, FLUSH OUT THE KORAN BY SPREADING BETTER IDEAS.

UPDATE:
I agree with Ian's statement [via Michelle Malkin]:

Are these prisoners forgetting who gave them the Quran, and who allows them to have a Quran while they are incarcerated for being terrorists. Simple conclusion, DO NOT give them Qurans. (ThePoliticalTeen.net, A Quran Was Kicked, 06/03/05.)