U.S. Military Institution Says NO to Muslim Based Dress Code Changes
Political correctness got dealt a swift blow, recently, and conservatives everywhere should be celebrating. It's so rare these days to see a person or institution stand up to the left's push for political correctness that what recently happened at The Citadel is particularly refreshing.
The story is this: a young Muslim woman was recently accepted as a student at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. After being accepted, however, the young woman, asked the college to give her an accommodation to wear her Muslim headscarf, the hijab while attending the college.
The Citadel reviewed the case and said no, she couldn't wear the headscarf.
Instantly the family involved the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and began preparing to file a lawsuit against the college.
The Citadel's president, Lieutenant General John Rosa said that the college relies "upon a highly effective educational model requiring all cadets to adopt a common uniform." Obviously one woman in a headscarf would distract from that unity.
But it's not like the college is making life any harder for this young Muslim woman than for anyone else who would be attending. The Citadel has a 2-page guide to dress and grooming standards including guidelines on wristwatch styles, hairstyles, and of course clothing.
Everyone who attends The Citadel is under hardship when it comes to adjusting.
Another fact that most media coverage of this story seems to ignore is the reason that this young woman chose The Citadel to begin with. If she's having trouble accepting authority from the college's leadership, why did she want to attend The Citadel to begin with?
The military is harsh, rigid, and disciplined. It's what makes our soldiers so great. Why, then, did a young woman who obviously wants to make waves even apply to The Citadel to begin with? Was her plan to try and put the college's leadership in such a tight spot that they would have to make special concessions for her?
If the young woman in question is smart enough to get into The Citadel, she's smart enough to be admitted to other colleges. Let her go there if she wants to wear her hijab. The military should stick to its dress and conduct codes. It builds unity and strength.
h/t: The Post and Courier