US Muslims Have Ongoing Concerns After Pentagon Report on Disrespect of Qur’an

June 3, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

On June 3, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "The Pentagon on Friday (June 3) called the intentional mishandling of the Qur'an a 'rare occurrence' at the Guantanamo Bay prison, but it did little to placate many U.S. Muslims' concerns about the integrity of the facility and U.S. policy towards Muslim prisoners. In the wake of the report, and the ever-escalating allegations that preceded it, the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has called for a congressional hearing on Pentagon practices, as well as an interfaith presidential commission to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. The American public and Muslims worldwide need 'to be reassured that the findings were done by the best measures we have available to us, by individuals that carry the integrity that is necessary to convince them that this is a handful of people as opposed to a systemic problem,' said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC's executive director."