In response to the accidental Qur’an burning in Afghanistan, it seems appropriate to reprint a May 2005 article that ran in the Wall Street Journal.


Hypocrisy Most Holy

By Ali Al-Ahmed

 With the revelation that a copy of the Quran may have been desecrated by U.S. military per­sonnel at Guantanamo Bay, Muslims and their governments—including that of Saudi Arabia-reacted angrily. This anger would have been un­derstandable if the U.S. government’s adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations.

As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless Ameri­can universities. American museums spend mil­lions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia-where I come…

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