Military blogger Blackfive got a copy of the new Defense Department “Quran Distribution Guidance” memo, issued by Command Chaplain Eric J. Albertson in the wake of the Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan. Dated February 22, two days after the Korans were burned at Bagram Air Base and violent riots began, the memo treats the Koran like a hazardous material… which only Muslim soldiers will be allowed to touch.What some people don't know is the military also burned Bibles back in 2009:
“Qurans will only be distributed to US Service members who are Muslim, as indicated on their identification tags,” the memo directs. However, “exceptions for non-Muslim Service Members or for other reasons will be granted if the Service Member has a memorandum signed by his Commander that states the reason for obtaining a Quran provided by the chaplain.”
Also, “Qurans will not be placed in general literature distribution racks.” Instead, they will be “kept in a secure location” until those with the proper religious affiliation stamped on their dog tags, or an officially approved Really Damn Good Reason for wanting one, arrives at the vault to check one out.
Blackfive wonders, “Does the chaplain refuse to give the Bible to soldiers with Muslim on their dog tags?” I doubt it.
Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.We all remember the rioting and bloodshed caused by Christians after that incident.
The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.
Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation, Wright said.
Oh wait...never mind.