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).
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.
You know why we wear uniforms? To make us a part of a unit – a cohesive organization where no one receives special treatment and everyone operates as part of an entity.
All as one.
A unit is supposed to be a single, indivisible entity – not a place where everyone’s special “needs” are accommodated.
I don’t care whom you worship or how. You are part of an organization in which you and your buddies operate as a team, as parts of a cohesive whole. The uniform is part of that cohesion. It’s part of that strength.
Obviously CAIR doesn’t.
So what’s next? Burqas in the battlefield?
Can’t wait for that one.