Monday, December 26, 2011

JROTC now allows hijabs while in uniform

As a good friend points out, "Black has become white, and wrong has become right."  It is with this decision that we are seeing the continuation of creeping sharia throughout all aspects of Western civilization.  
The purpose of a uniform is exactly that; a uniform look which contributes to the overall cohesion and battle-readiness of the unit.  Now that the Junior ROTC is allowing special dispensation for Muslims (and Sikh's) to allow them to wear their headgear while performing their duties as an American soldier, the group-think common to all military organizations is lost, a victim to Muslim pressure and the overwhelming desire to be all things to all people.  The military is a special place where individuality is set aside for the common good.  Wearing any kind of headgear outside a Kevlar helmet or official and approved combat head wear should be forbidden, no ifs, ands or buts.

We are the American military, not an ad for the united colors of Benetton.

From The Daily Caller December 22 by Caroline May

Army to allow hijabs, turbans in Junior ROTC

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that the Department of Defense will now allow Muslim and Sikh students participating in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to wear headscarves and turbans while in uniform.

The decision, announced Thursday, followed an October incident in which Muslim teen Demin Zawity quit JROTC when her commanding officer at a Brentwood, Tenn. high school would not allow her to wear her hijab in the homecoming parade.
CAIR later wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting “constitutionally-protected religious accommodations for the girl and for future Muslim JROTC participants.”
In a letter to the Muslim organization sent on Panetta’s behalf, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Larry Stubblefield explained that based on the incident that led Zawity to quit JROTC, the Army will now be making more accommodations for religious headwear in the training program.
“Based on your concerns, the Army has reviewed its JROTC uniform policy and will develop appropriate procedures to provide Cadets the opportunity to request the wear of religious head dress, such as the turban and hijab,” Stubblefield wrote in the letter, made public by CAIR. “This change will allow Miss Zawity and other students the chance to fully participate in the JROTC program.”
Army spokesman George Wright confirmed Stubblefield’s letter to CAIR and explained to The Daily Caller that while JROTC is affiliated with the Army, it is not actually a part of the Army. The new procedures will provide JROTC with a exemption method more similar to current Army procedure mandated through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
That law allows soldiers on active duty to apply for religious accommodation if they want to alter their uniforms in accordance with their religious beliefs. The exemptions are applied on a case-by-case basis. Soldiers who are transferred must reapply.
“Requests for ETP [exemptions to policy] to uniform and grooming standards (AR 670-1) based on religion, are considered on a case by case basis and balanced against military necessity ETPs are temporary, cannot be guaranteed at all times, not liberally granted, and may be revoked due to changed conditions,” Army regulations state.
According to Wright, currently there are three Sikhs and one Orthodox Jewish rabbi who have been approved to wear religious garb outside of their standard regulation uniform on active duty. One female Army captain has applied to wear the hijab for religious observance. Her case is pending.
So of the thousands and thousands of military personnel, in the Army there are a total of 4 people who have asked for, and received waivers for headwear, and one who is waiting for approval, yet the JROTC sees some reason to allow the carte-blanche wearing of religious hats for their members?  
Madness, and a road we will regret going down.
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