The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, has denied a prospective student’s request to wear hijab instead of the cadet uniform. The school had considered the request for nearly a month, but in the end decided that even cadets blessed with Muslim privilege have to wear the uniform.
The Citadel has a long tradition of denying requests to modify or supplement the cadet uniform, reasoning that variation is ipso facto not uniform.
At the Citadel, students are expected to leave behind their individuality — and almost all of their possessions — and form opinions [sic] based on character rather than appearance. Allowing one student to wear something completely different struck many as antithetical to that mission. And some objected, as well, because exceptions have apparently not ever been made for other religions. Christian cadets have been told not to display crosses, for example.
The Citadel, which opened its doors in 1842, has prepared its cadets for military and civilian careers in three centuries.
The Citadel’s unique educational experience, combin[es] . . . rigorous academic preparation within a disciplined military environment . . . Citadel Cadets and graduates . . . serve our nation bravely, in the tradition of the citizen-soldier, participating in every conflict our nation has faced since [the Mexican] War, including . . .the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. . . .
The first African American Cadet, entered The Citadel in 1966 and the first women entered the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1996. Cadets from many foreign countries have added to the cultural diversity of the Corps of Cadets since the 1920s, when the first Chinese students arrived. These were followed by Cadets from Puerto Rico (prior to its becoming a commonwealth) in the late 1940s, Thai and Taiwanese Cadets in the 1960s and 1970s, and Jordanian and Iranian Cadets in the 1970s. Today, the Citadel’s Corps of Cadets represents a rich and diverse group of young men and women from across America and many different foreign countries, intent on preparing themselves to be principled leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.
The prospective student, who has not been identified, wished to undo American women’s centuries-long battle for equality by demanding a special dispensation to supplement her uniform with the traditional Muslim demi-shroud, often required of Muslim women who intend to live a natural life-span without being maimed, crippled, or horribly disfigured.
In Islamic lands, hijab is a necessity for girls and women over the age of 5, as it identifies the wearer as the property of a Muslim man –father, uncle, husband, brother, son, etc. –and not to be confused with “uncovered meat” that can be raped with impunity. Untold numbers of Muslim women and girls have been raped, beaten, burned, stoned, doused with acid, strangled, imprisoned and / or killed for not wearing the hijab -or whatever version of portable purdah is required of them by the Muslim men where they live.
Unsurprisingly, the parents of the young woman are considering legal action.
Equally unsurprisingly, the Islamic Defenders™ of Hamas-CAIR once again leapt into action to try to force Americans to accept the exigencies of a foreign, minority ideology:
The student cried after the commandant told her, said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations who spoke with the family Tuesday morning. “She told the commandant it wasn’t fair that she has to choose between practicing her faith and going to the Citadel,” he said.
She had worked very hard and had been focused on going to the Citadel for a long time, Hooper said. “That’s why she was so heartbroken,” he said.
She will not attend, he said.
“A complete denial was very shocking,” he said. They had expected their request to be granted. “The father said, ‘We live in a land of laws. These outdated traditions violate that law’ ” that protects religious freedom, Hooper said.
Oh please. “Outdated traditions” that won’t allow the imposition of 7th century foreign religious requirements on a 21st century woman in America?
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested. (Sura 33:59)
And someone who cries because “it wasn’t fair” doesn’t sound like Citadel material.