CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) 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 having cadets look similar.
“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, a spokesman for the family, Ibrahim Hooper with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., said Tuesday.
Hooper said the family is considering legal options after the school’s rejection.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone tried to start a ruckus at The Citadel. This student (who has renamed nameless) was recently admitted into The Citadel, and requested that she be allowed to wear her head scarf. She was denied because a head scarf is against the strict uniform code. So because she wasn’t allowed to break the rules that all cadets agree upon once enrolled, her and her family have decided to partner up with known terrorist support group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and now plan on filing a lawsuit if their demands aren’t met.
Is anyone else tired of this? It seems like people are just out there looking to start a PC fight with anything or anyone they can. It’s exhausting.
After the schools decision, The spokesman for the family said, “She told the commandant that it wasn’t fair that she had to choose between going to the school and her faith.”
The school stated that there are currently multiple practicing Muslims attending, but there has never been a request like this before. That should come as no surprise. When you are accepted and choose to attend The Citadel, you are choosing to follow the nearly 200 year old standard that has been followed by all previous cadets. You know what your’re signing up for. One of the cornerstones of the establishment is uniformity, and the sense of entitlement shown here should not be rewarded.
Do you agree with Lt. Gen John Rosa and his decision.
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