Here we go. Last week I published a story that the Citadel was considering, for the first time in its 175-year-old history, a wardrobe exception for …. Muslims (of course). Islamic supremacism on the march in the Citadel. The report caused a firestorm. The Citadel decided against the hijab exception, but not before punishing the Citadel student who spoke out about the considered Muslim exception.
Denied special Islamic supremacist status, the Hamas-CAIR is threatening to wage litigation jihad to impose the sharia. Hamas-CAIR’s objective is to further chip away at American tradition and mores. It’s what they do.
The terror-tied group posted this to Facebook:
CAIR Considers Legal Challenge to Citadel’s Denial of Religious Accommodation for Muslim Student
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is considering legal options to challenge a decision by The Citadel military college in South Carolina to deny a newly-accepted Muslim student’s request to wear a religious head scarf, or hijab.
“Muslim Family Considers Suit Against Citadel Military College Over Headscarf,” the Associated Press; curated by Carly Hoilman, May 10, 2016:
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel military college has decided a newly accepted Muslim student cannot wear her traditional Muslim headscarf if she enrolls.
The South Carolina school announced Tuesday that Commandant of Cadets Geno Paluso decided that allowing the student to wear the head covering known as a hijab wouldn’t be consistent with the school’s policy of uniformity.
The school in Charleston is known for its buttoned-up uniforms and close-cropped haircuts that represent the sacrifice of one’s self for the greater goals of the unit.
Incoming Citadel freshman known as knobs stand in formation while waiting to be issued a uniform. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Incoming Citadel freshman, known as “knobs,” stand in formation while waiting to be issued a uniform. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
“Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model. The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college,” Citadel President retired Lt. Gen John Rosa said in a statement.
The Citadel will continue to provide for any cadet’s spiritual needs when it can, such as providing special diets or time for prayer and driving cadets to their places of worship if they don’t have a car, Rosa said.
The president said he hopes the student, whose name and hometown have not been released, still attends The Citadel in the fall.
But the woman will not attend the school unless there is a change, Ibrahim Hooper with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., said, speaking for the family Tuesday.
Hooper said the family is considering legal options in light of the school’s decision. The names of the student and her family have not been made public.
The student apparently told the commandant that it wasn’t fair that she had to choose between going to the school and her faith, Hooper said.
“It’s the same issue faced by African-Americans and women in this situation,” Hooper said. “We view it as a continuation of the civil rights movement.”
“The diversity of religions and cultural backgrounds represented in the Corps enriches the overall cadet experience and better prepares graduates to become principled leaders in all walks of life, underpinned by The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty and respect,” Rosa said.
While The Citadel has had a number of Muslim students, the request to wear the headscarf was unique, school spokeswoman Kim Keelor said.
Strict discipline and tradition are the cornerstones of The Citadel and the school in the 1990s fought the enrollment of women cadets before relenting.
There is no reason to stick with this tradition since the American military itself has changed its views and offers a variety of religious accommodations on uniforms, Hooper, the family spokesman, said. There are Muslim women wearing hajibs in the American military now, he said.
“We defend the right of American Muslims to practice their faiths while participating in all levels of society,” Hooper said.
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