Target: Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa
Goal: Allow Muslim attendee of military college the Citadel to wear religious head covering while attending school.
A state military college has denied a Muslim woman the right to wear a hijab while she attends despite the fact that the U.S. military provides religious accommodations for all its soldiers. The South Carolina military academy called the Citadel claims this is because all cadets must wear the same uniform. However, this is clear religious discrimination that has no place in a country built on religious freedom.
The young woman has already been accepted to the academy, but is unlikely to attend if this decision is reversed. According to Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper, she was distraught and in tears after receiving the news. No one should be denied their educational path of choice because of a discriminatory dress code.
CAIR will be helping the young woman and her family take legal action against the Citadel. As this is a clear violation of religious freedom and “tradition” is never a good excuse to maintain discriminatory policies, the Citadel is better off giving up now and allowing Muslim students the right to wear head coverings. Sign our petition to demand that the military academy leadership end religious discrimination.
Dear Lt. Gen. Rosa,
You recently denied a cadet who has been accepted to your military academy the Citadel the right to wear a hijab while attending. This young Muslim woman simply wants to get a quality education, and denying her that right because of dress code traditions is both ridiculous and a violation of her religious freedom.
A military academy like the Citadel should be dedicated to upholding American values, and one of the highest American values is the freedom from religious discrimination. Traditions that violate this principle are not worth upholding. Other academies have changed their policies, and the official U.S. military makes accommodations for its religious soldiers.
If you don’t change your decision, you may soon face a lawsuit, not to mention all the bad press that is likely to come from this incident. The young woman you’ve denied an education based on her faith was crushed to hear your denial of her request for accommodation, and the rest of us won’t stand for it. We demand that you reverse your decision and allow this Muslim woman to wear her hijab while she attends the Citadel.
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