Washington Post 3/26/03
"The men, the largest single group of Afghans to be released after months of detainment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, gave varying accounts of how American forces treated them during interrogation and detainment. Some displayed medical records showing extensive care by American military doctors, while others complained that American soldiers insulted Islam by sitting on the Koran or dumping their sacred text into a toilet to taunt them."
The Independent (UK) 08/05/04
"In the report, released in New York, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul - the so-called Tipton Three - said one inmate was threatened after being shown a video in which hooded inmates were forced to sodomise each other. Guards allegedly threw prisoners' Korans into toilets, while others were injected with drugs, it was claimed."
Philadelphia Inquirer 1/20/05
"Some detainees complained of religious humiliation, saying guards had defaced their copies of the Koran and, in one case, had thrown it in a toilet, said Kristine Huskey, who interviewed clients late last month. Others said that pills were hidden in their food and that people came to their cells claiming to be their attorneys, to gain information."
New York Times 5/1/05
"Mr. al-Mutairi said there were three major hunger strikes in his more than three years of imprisonment at Guantánamo. He said that after one of them, a protest of guards' handling of copies of the Koran, which had been tossed into a pile and stepped on, a senior officer delivered an apology over the camp's loudspeaker system, pledging that such abuses would stop. Interpreters, standing outside each prison block, translated the officer's apology."
"He said a number of Arab prisoners had still not spoken to their investigators after three years to protest at the desecration of the Koran by guards. "
Faithfully confessing Christ is the church’s task, and never more so than when its confession is co-opted by militarism and nationalism.
* A “theology of war,” emanating from the highest circles of American government, is seeping into our churches as well.
* The language of “righteous empire” is employed with growing frequency.
* The roles of God, church, and nation are confused by talk of an American “mission” and “divine appointment” to “rid the world of evil.”
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