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Muslim Cadet Gets Bad News After Refusing To Remove Her Hijab

The Citadel has denied a female Muslim student's request to wear a traditional hijab. According to school officials, the purpose of cadets dressing in by strict uniform code is part of the tradition of 'relinquishing the self'.

President of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, made a statement announcing the decision. He claims the military school has a long-standing history of accommodating religious beliefs in a variety of ways. Students are provided with local houses of worship, prayer meetings and foods that comply with dietary restrictions. Deviation from the uniform tradition, however, was seen as an unreasonable accommodation.

"The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college," Rosa said. "This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit."

Muslim women are not obligated to wear the hijab, according to the Koran. When Islam is criticized for oppressing women, many Muslim women have come forth to argue that wearing a hijab is their choice, not a requirement.

Rosa mentioned in the statement that he hopes the student will follow through with plans to attend the school, without the hijab.

Source: NBC News
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