But Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., says that doesn't include burning it with the trash. That's what U.S. officials say mistakenly happened with the Qurans in Afghanistan.
Malik says the assumption there is that Americans disrespect Muslims. That's why there would be such a visceral response to burning the Quran, even though a layperson could do so under Muslim law — as long as the intent was respectful.
"the assumption" is probably the key here - I think even if they burned or buried the Quran in the most proper place (wonder where that would be? and if they burned it first before respectfully putting the ash in the trash - would that be ok?) I believe whatever we do to dispose of the Quran, their "assumption" of our "respectfulness" is all it takes - and they'd never give us that. See, now it is all about respecting the "muslim ways" and we must pay our tax money to train our troops to properly handle rubbish.