Monday, December 26, 2011

A few good Muslim warriors


Defense department agrees to allow
Muslim cadets to wear hijabs
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that the Department of Defense will begin allowing Muslim and Sikh students who wear an Islamic head scarf (hijab) or a turban to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). ...

In October, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a 14-year-old Muslim student at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., was forced to transfer out of a JROTC class when her commanding officers told her she could not wear hijab while marching in the September homecoming parade. CAIR requested constitutionally-protected religious accommodations for the girl and for future Muslim JROTC participants.
The DoD has also released artistic renderings of a new officers' dress uniform designed to "stimulate the morale of U.S. Muslim soldiers by recalling their gallantry against the armies of Richard the Lion Heart in the Crusades," said another press release from Allahu Akbar, the newsletter of the American Muslim Military League, the official spokesperson organization for Army Muslim affairs.

"Diversity is our strength," said the League in a statement. "Our struggle is your struggle."


1 comment:

Sheila said...

I was initially inclined to blame this on Jews, typically the leading edge on such a divisive social issue. A quick check demonstrated, however, that while they brought a court challenge, they actually lost - and the Jewish soldier was allowed to wear his skullcap only under his regulation headgear. If we actually had an American administration that brought suit over this, I doubt that even the Supreme Court would require military standards any more.

Given that I'm an evil hater, my wish for this hijab-wearing Muslima is the same that I have for the hijab-wearing Muslimas I occasionally see at the gym: that her flowing scarf be caught on something and choke her holy and modest self to death.