U.S. Defense official apologizes at Va. mosque for Koran incident

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    Feb 26, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    Question - How many times do we need to apologize?

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    By Erica W. Morrison

    “Apology accepted” was the tone of religious leaders and some worshipers at All Dulles Area Muslim Society on Friday after a U.S. Department of Defense official apologized for the accidental incineration of copies of the Koran at a NATO airbase in Afghanistan.

    As hundreds knelt in the carpeted prayer hall in Sterling, Va., Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs, said that copies of the Islamic holy books were “uknowingly and improperly”disposed of on Tuesday.

    “I know apologies are never enough and do not erase this incident,” Lavoy said. “I regret and apologize for this incident...such an incident will never happen again.”

    Earlier this week, Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, expressed contrition for the incident, in which the books were mistakenly sent for disposal.

    Lavoy said all members of the military are scheduled to recieve additional training in regards to Muslim relations and sensitivity.

    “They should have been trained!” Tanvir Qureshi, a native of Pakistan, said at the center. “But if they haven’t, it’s never too late, it can be done now.”

    Qureshi said he was impressed by the apologies in recent days from top Obama administration officials. “Very good on behalf of the president,” he said. “We appreciate it even though it was an accident.”

    Also at the event Friday, Lt. Col. Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, a Muslim chaplain in the U.S. Army, urged Muslims to forgive.

    “We can get caught up in the winds of emotion very easily,” he told the audience.

    Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of ADAMS, called Friday’s apologies a “sincere effort,” and said he was optimistic that Lavoy’s words and actions would have a “ripple effect.’’
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    Feb 26, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Sounds like a wonderful gesture. It will really make an impact on the Muslim community in the US, who will communicate it back to Muslim countries thruout the world.

    I am wondering how the hell the Qurans got burned in the first place. Surely, everyone knows that that was a bad idea. And if it was just an accident, how did that accident occur? Maybe the GIs didnt know what the books were because they cant read the language?
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    Feb 26, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    I believe George Bush did the same thing when a military member shot a Koran. And on the heels of it coming out the soldiers pissed on Muslim bodies, it's probably best to be contrite.
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    Feb 26, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidI believe George Bush did the same thing when a military member shot a Koran. And on the heels of it coming out the soldiers pissed on Muslim bodies, it's probably best to be contrite.





    Being 'contrite' is one of the 'true' christian virtues, except that here in the US, we have a great many Christian 'TALABAN' who think their god wants all to believe only as they do, those who don't accept their truth deserve no 'compromise' or 'concessions' and contrition only shows weekness. after all with god on their side they are right, why apologize for following their god's pathway for bringing America back to God..


    The TBagger led party of no seem to fall in this 'talaban' style of leadership, kinda like Santorum. Our own 'GEEZER' seems to line right up with them too. LOL

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    Feb 26, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidSounds like a wonderful gesture. It will really make an impact on the Muslim community in the US, who will communicate it back to Muslim countries thruout the world.

    I am wondering how the hell the Qurans got burned in the first place. Surely, everyone knows that that was a bad idea. And if it was just an accident, how did that accident occur? Maybe the GIs didnt know what the books were because they cant read the language?


    The Qurans got burned because detainees were using them to write notes in and spread propaganda.
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    Feb 26, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
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    Caslon18453 saidSounds like a wonderful gesture. It will really make an impact on the Muslim community in the US, who will communicate it back to Muslim countries thruout the world.

    I am wondering how the hell the Qurans got burned in the first place. Surely, everyone knows that that was a bad idea. And if it was just an accident, how did that accident occur? Maybe the GIs didnt know what the books were because they cant read the language?


    The Qurans got burned because detainees were using them to write notes in and spread propaganda.


    That's irrelevant. They could have locked them up. If Bibles were burned, the Christian fundies here would be going apeshit.
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    Feb 26, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
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    That's irrelevant. They could have locked them up. If Bibles were burned, the Christian fundies here would be going apeshit.


    You're joking...

    Christian icons get defamed all the time... Because no one is going to lose their head over it.

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    Feb 26, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    That's irrelevant. They could have locked them up. If Bibles were burned, the Christian fundies here would be going apeshit.


    You're joking...

    Christian icons get defamed all the time... Because no one is going to lose their head over it.


    Apparently, you do not follow the news at all. A week barely passes in the US without some lunatic right-winger losing his or her shit over even the most minor criticism of Christianity.