DoD Caves In to CAIR

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that the Department of Defense will begin allowing Muslim and Sikh students who wear an Islamic head scarf (hijab) or a turban to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).
“We welcome the fact that Muslim and Sikh students nationwide will now be able to participate fully in JROTC leadership activities while maintaining their religious beliefs and practices,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
In October, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a 14-year-old Muslim student at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., was forced to transfer out of a JROTC class when her commanding officers told her she could not wear hijab while marching in the September homecoming parade.
CAIR requested constitutionally-protected religious accommodations for the girl and for future Muslim JROTC participants.
In a Dec. 19 letter sent to CAIR, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Larry Stubblefield wrote:
”I have been asked to respond on behalf of the Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta to your October 13, 2011 letter concerning Miss Demin Zawity’s request to wear a religious head covering (hijab) while participating in an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) event at Ravenwood High School.
“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. This change will allow Miss Zawity and other students the chance to fully participate in the JROTC program. Additionally, a representative from the U.S. Army Cadet Command will contact Miss Zawity and provide her the opportunity to rejoin the Ravenwood High School JROTC unit.
“The Army prides itself in being a diverse organization, comprised of individuals from many faiths and religions. We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention.”
The Romans allowed their enemies to live within their borders, too.
It ultimately cost them their empire.
Their enemy was, by the way, the Islamists.
(h/t: Drudge)

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Rich Young
8 years ago

Like the image. Is that the new Obamacon (symbol)?

Tee Lee
8 years ago

Why don’t we just then do away with AFR35-10? Heck, let’s just get rid of uniforms altogether? For that matter, shut down the military, who needs them if we’re incorporating the ways of the enemy? Huh? Wow, I am not happy about this whatsoever. I come from a military family. If they can’t follow the regulations (and believe me, ROTC has to follow regs too), then they shouldn’t be involved!!!!! I got in trouble for less when I was in the Air Force! (Yeah, I wasn’t compatible, that’s why I got out. It’s easier to be a brat than a… Read more »

8 years ago

This girl doesn’t want to be the exception….CAIR wants to pave the way for this to be the NORM here in the USA.
DoD cowards….PC is going to ruin this country.

8 years ago

That’s right, lets train our enemies in war tactics, what could ever go wrong…