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U.S. military struggles to teach troops to respect Koran
latimes.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ian Duncan

Posted on 03/08/2012 5:00:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Reporting from Washington— Troops serving in Afghanistan were advised never to touch the Koran, never to place anything on top of one, and to keep it off the floor and out of bathrooms. They were even told never to "talk badly" about it.

But the do's and don'ts said nothing about burning the Muslim holy book, which is what happened last month as a cache of Korans was incinerated at Bagram air base, setting off riots across the country that killed more than 30 people and provoked attacks on U.S. forces.

An investigation by NATO officials into the burnings found five U.S. troops responsible, but it concluded that the actions were not deliberate and were the result of a miscommunication. The troops could face disciplinary action, but commanders in Afghanistan have not yet announced the form it will take.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops last week started mandatory refresher training on how to handle the Koran. Troops are now told flatly not to dispose of Korans and will be urged to err on the side of caution when dealing with Arabic texts, assuming "material is sacred if there is any doubt over its religious significance."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; koran

1 posted on 03/08/2012 5:00:25 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Koran, not even worth using as toilet paper/


2 posted on 03/08/2012 5:03:19 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another PC class to attend.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 5:03:57 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

4 posted on 03/08/2012 5:04:34 PM PST by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If you are going to burn a pile of Korans, do it while the muslims are on a smoke break. Or bag them up and stuff them in a closed furnace.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 5:04:43 PM PST by marron
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To: Free ThinkerNY

teach respect...hmmm. You earn respect!


6 posted on 03/08/2012 5:06:05 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s past time to get out of there. The more we bow to their Muslim rules, the more they will despise us. And kill more of our troops, who are scarcely allowed to defend themselves.

Not much point, with a Muslim President and a Communist Defense Secretary, and a ton of politically correct time servers in the chain of command.

Who has their backs? Nobody.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 5:06:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Will the myopic Pentagon teach their own IslamicNazi Plants
to respect Americans. Probably, not so much.



8 posted on 03/08/2012 5:09:33 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Now if only we could get the arsemonkeys in Washington DC to respect the BIBLE!
damned idiots, ALL of em!


9 posted on 03/08/2012 5:09:51 PM PST by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that I am ashamed of!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d love to hear the military program for teaching troops to respect the Bible.

Do they have any programs that teach the followers of Islam to respect the Bible?


10 posted on 03/08/2012 5:11:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve never seen a military leadership so bent on suicide.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 5:11:32 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

the root of the nproblem is giving these turds korans in the first place. where is it written that imprisoned terroriosts have a right to have books they consider holy?

Utter PC nonsense


12 posted on 03/08/2012 5:13:54 PM PST by Cubs Fan (the word slut is no longer protected by the 1st amendment (unless you're liberal))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Do you know what would have happened if the WH has tried to teach the WWII troops to respect Mein Kampf??
13 posted on 03/08/2012 5:18:06 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

It’s not just the military leadership but the leadership in academia, religion, government, military, business, and elsewhere.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 5:18:18 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let’s make a deal. When they respect our Bible, Torah and our Flag, then and only then we will respect their precious koran.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 5:20:57 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It has to be tough for our service people, barbarians that they are, to be in such a holy place and among such a pure-hearted and righteous people.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 5:21:27 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So WE must respect the Koran...funny how there is never any uproar when one Muslim sect blows up the mosque of another Muslim sect...Koran's included.
17 posted on 03/08/2012 5:22:00 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Diogenesis

How would you choose if you were faced with the decision those poor people had?


18 posted on 03/08/2012 5:22:04 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I "respect" the Holy Bible - or more accurately, I love it dearly. I have read substantial portions of the Koran and I can say with absolute certainty that it is worthy of no man's respect. The peregrinations through which our government is going to avoid offending those who seek to dismember our society, our Nation, and our civilization are pathetic, misguided and suicidal. They amount to the the most egregious example of malfeasance in our Nation's history.

The Koran is a recipe book for the commission of acts of violence, mayhem and tyranny. That our elected representatives and unelected bureaucrats are pandering to this pack of Seventh Century villains is absolutely disgusting. It is at our most imminent and severe peril that this course of action continues.

Islam Delenda Est!



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

19 posted on 03/08/2012 5:27:14 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Respect the book responsible for killing your fellow soldiers? Isn’t this treason?


20 posted on 03/08/2012 5:28:56 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It is no wonder the Chinese are coming to dominate us. We lost our national will to be street fighters.

It is no wonder the terrorists beat us. We’ve become soft and become too nice. Nice guy armies don’t work, they get slaughtered by others who are willing to do anything to win.

We’ve lost our will to win.

Sad.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 5:32:28 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Don’t disparage a book that encourages people to kill you and harm others. That’s the freedom you’re fighting for. Thanks for your service.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 5:33:39 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: tomkat

An absolutely astute picture.

It has been years since I stopped wondering what caused the fall of Rome. I am seeing it repeated in real time from a front row seat.

If I could curse the souls of all liberals to eternal doom for all time, then I would. I have no liberal friends. They are all evil, especially the ignorant well intentioned ones. They are the most evil because they cause the most damage.

I condemn them all. They are destroying my once free nation.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 5:34:36 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I just hope it’s not too far gone.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 5:36:48 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Koran...hmmm...one-ply or two-ply, I wonder? I hope it’s not like Charmin, because that clogs the pipes.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 5:44:31 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Dear muslims; we burn our flag when it’s beyond use. Grow up.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 5:48:31 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ConorMacNessa

I “respect” the Holy Bible - or more accurately, I love it dearly. I have read substantial portions of the Koran and I can say with absolute certainty that it is worthy of no man’s respect. The peregrinations through which our government is going to avoid offending those who seek to dismember our society, our Nation, and our civilization are pathetic, misguided and suicidal. They amount to the the most egregious example of malfeasance in our Nation’s history.

The Koran is a recipe book for the commission of acts of violence, mayhem and tyranny. That our elected representatives and unelected bureaucrats are pandering to this pack of Seventh Century villains is absolutely disgusting. It is at our most imminent and severe peril that this course of action continues.

Islam Delenda Est!

Roger your last!!


27 posted on 03/08/2012 5:56:29 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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Aren't we effect treating this as The Holy Book?

Do rules like this apply to the books or customs of any other religion? We are acting as if Islam is our state religion. /rhetorical

28 posted on 03/08/2012 5:58:14 PM PST by PghBaldy (Once again, Obama proves he is not an honest broker. He can't be trusted.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Koran- Use instead of paper towels to clean up the spatters that frying bacon leaves on the stove.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 6:04:54 PM PST by Fireone (Gingrich/West 2012. (did I mention FUBO?))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many copies of Mein Kampf were given out by the US Army to the troops during WWII?


30 posted on 03/08/2012 6:10:20 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

when soldiers mistreat prisoners in iraq, its bush’s fault
when soldiers mistreat koran in afghan, its the soldier’s fault, not obama’s


31 posted on 03/08/2012 6:15:42 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
+1
32 posted on 03/08/2012 6:33:56 PM PST by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A thinking friend of the family who is career military is never going to be made to respect Islam, let alone the Koran, no matter how many classes are involved.

Bush really did us a huge disservice with his “peaceful, friendly Islam” nonsense in the wake of 9/11.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 6:34:28 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Where's the outrage over how the moslem prisoners desecrated korans?
34 posted on 03/08/2012 6:35:58 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anyone know where I can get a pile of cheap Korans free? I have this little, very old miners cabin on a water seep out in the mountains, has a two hole Islamic temple down from the cabin and I need something for the family to wipe their backsides with!


35 posted on 03/08/2012 6:41:39 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: FreedomPoster

We are a proud military family, but I absolutely discourage all of our younger members now from joining the military. I wonder what the recruiting numbers are these days. I’m thinking it’s time to start having to weigh the consequences of disobeying illegal orders. I think we are at that point. The military takes an oath to uphold the constitution, not the president, not Eric Holder, not orders to kill and detain American citizens without due process. And this Bullsh!t about having to treat any scrap of Arabic writing with reverence just in case it is a Koranic verse is suicidal. It’s time for our cowardly senior military leadership to start standing up for what is right and stop just thinking of their careers. Yes-I called them cowards.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 6:43:19 PM PST by binreadin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Our military leadership DOES need to respect the Koran...the same way that Thomas Jefferson did. Use it as a tool to see how to beat them. From the halls of Montezum to the SHORES OF TRIPOLI!!


37 posted on 03/08/2012 6:43:44 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
no sweat, as soon as the goathumpers start respecting the Bible

feh...

38 posted on 03/08/2012 6:52:43 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am in the military. I own a quran. I have it in my car in the driver’s seat. I sit on it when I drive. I also love to eat beans.


39 posted on 03/08/2012 7:29:07 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

US military still burning Bibles that are sent to the middle east??


40 posted on 03/08/2012 7:39:31 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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