Military School Considers Changing 175 Year Rule For Muslim Woman

The Citadel Military College in South Carolina has recently changed a 175-year-old military requirement in order to accommodate just one student. They are holding a Muslim woman's political ideology requirements above the school's strict military code in order to cave to a "tiny minority." According to The Washington Post, an unidentified Muslim woman may be allowed to do away with a centuries-old military uniform requirement. She demanded to wear her hijab, and it looks like the Citadel will give in. She will be the first student to wear the traditional Islamic hijab. According to Islamic Prophet Muhammad, a woman's features are sinful. Yet, before her demand, cadets were required to wear the approved uniforms at all times. Yet, this rule adjustment won't apply to everyone--just her. A spokeswoman for the Citadel admitted that the college has never in its 175-year history granted any accommodation to any student, especially one that entails religious beliefs. Nick Pinelli, a cadet who is expecting to graduate in May, wrote on Facebook:

“The Citadel should be able to tell the prospective student to wear what they tell her to wear. Not because they are concerned with the religion she is trying to practice or the speech expressed by doing so, but because they are concerned with the execution of an essential part of the system the Citadel puts in place. Agree or not with the system, this institution has that system for a reason (that most maintain has worked exceptionally for almost 200 years) and the disruption of that system by exempting those who don’t wish to conform is legally pronounced a slippery slope that will lead to the further disintegration of said system. Unfortunately, after seeing what has happened in the military in similar cases, the school is being financially responsible in not fighting it.

If I valued liberal ideology, I would go to UC Berkeley. I’d wear, say, and do whatever I wanted and it wouldn’t cost the university any time or money for me to do so. If I valued conservative ideology and wanted to challenge myself in a military environment, I would go to the Citadel. It’s no secret that you can’t wear what you want when you’re at the Citadel. You’re punished even for wearing what you want when you’re not on campus. But, those who come here are signing up for that, no matter how much they hate it. So it’s not unfair to those people who want to join an organization with the intentions of excluding themselves from the regulations, it’s unfair to those who practice within the realms of those regulations. It’s unfair to the school having to change rules and adjust to the individual, when the individual could’ve gone to USC without incident. Your expression of self shouldn’t place a burden of cost on others.”

Of course, the Muslim woman came out to call Pinelli a bigot for disagreeing that only Muslims are allowed special privileges. Pinelli said it wasn't her religion he objected, but her "sense of entitlement." It's odd given that Monifa Sterling was given a bad conduct discharge for refusing to remove a Bible scripture from her desk. Sterling was not even allowed to display an encouraging religious verse. It has been argued that Sterling's religion doesn't require her to display scriptures. Well, the same goes for Islam. There is no specific part of Quran that commands or even hints that Muslim women should wear a hijab. The hijab requirement comes from Sharia law, which is a political and militant rule of many Islamic countries, not the U.S.

Photo: Best Values School, News Talk 1010

The woman wants to be covered in traditional Muslim garb for females.

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