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.
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.)