In response to the recent desecration of the Holy Qu’ran by a US Soldier, the Executive Director of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council (AMAF & VAC) plans to address this appalling and disrespectful conduct with the Joint Chief of Staff Chaplain, as well as the CENTCOM Chaplain on Monday, May 19, 2008.
Service members come in contact with people of various faith groups all around the world. Disrespect of sacred places, holy books, and other artifacts affects the success of the mission by providing justification for individuals and groups who oppose the presence of US service members. It also suggests that Americans are intolerant of other faiths.
As a result, the AMAF & VAC is recommending the following discplinary action under Article 134 of the UCMJ to discourage future indiscretions:
If a service member knowingly desecrates a Holy Book, that service member should receive a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the pay grade of E-1, and forfeiture of 1 year salary.
The American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council extends our sincere apologies to the Muslims of Iraq. We believe that this inexcusable act does not reflect the true spirit of religious tolerance within the United States Armed Forces and specifically the assigned command of this US Soldier. Our belief is the US Army is sincere in its apologies of this offensive action.
Point of Contact: Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Deputy Director