Monday, May 23, 2005

Someone Didn't Get the Memo: Two Hands! 

AP, via Yahoo, shows the picture of a "Muslim Preacher" embarrassingly holding the Koran with only one hand:


Muslim preacher Maher Haraz holds a copy of Islam's holy book, the Quran, during an anti-American demonstration in the West Bank town of Nablus Friday May 20, 2005. Hundreds of demonstrators, unmollified by a now-retracted magazine allegation that U.S. soldiers desecrated a copy of the Muslim holy book, streamed out of mosques Friday chanting 'Death to America, death to Israel'. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Well, I'm sure the preacher's heart is in the right place, but chants of "Death to the Enemy" don't excuse disrespect to the holy book. Maybe he feels entitled, after all his years as a preacher, to a few advanced, one-handed carrying techniques -- kind of like drivers: nobody drives with two hands once they're out of driving school. But doesn't he realize he's a role model? What about all the knuckle-dragging Guantanamo guards, surfing the net for prisoner porn, who might stumble across the good preacher's pic? Once they lay their eyes on his stylish carry, all the rules in the world might not be enough to control them:

"Two hands will be used at all times when handling Korans in a manner signaling respect and reverence," the rules state.
I think somebody needs a few hours of sensitivity training.
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