Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Koran Shooting by US Soldier

A big item in the news today is a young American soldier stationed in Iraq used a copy of the Koran for target practice. According to the BBC, President Bush said the man will be brought to trial before the U.S. military court, (that means Court Martial). Mr. Bush also issued a personal apology to the Prime Minister of Iraq. Mr. Bush said he was acting as a personal representative (which he is) of the American people by making this apology. Granted this was not the wisest thing for any American to do on foreign soil, after all the soldier represents us too.
My question is Do the American people really hold the Koran to such a high esteem that we're willing for our President to make a personal apology for this action? I am also curious if the President would have made the same kind of apology to Christians if that same soldier had been taking shots at the Bible?

1 comment:

Zach said...

The sad thing is that most of the Muslim world holds the Koran in higher esteem than most of the "Christian world" holds the Bible. So, then to answer your question, No. A similar apology would not be given. The same analogy could be given regarding any cherished document, "holy" or otherwise. I'd be willing to bet that more press would be given to a Muslim firing upon a copy of the U.S. Constitution than the Bible.

I feel for the guy in the story, but it probably wasn't the smartest move of all time!

Interesting story, Chris!