Since its inception, the military has had a strict code of requiring soldiers to be clean cut and keep uniformity amongst them as a part of their discipline. Thanks to Obama’s love of Muslims, that’s all about to change.
The Department of Defense has issued a new directive regarding accommodations for religious apparel, grooming and appearance, body art, and exercise of religion. Included with this new directive is the allowance of beards, skull caps, turbans, tattoos and piercings for religious reasons. The new rules are designed to be friendly towards Muslims and Sikhs.
The Pentagon says that the accommodations will be made on a case by case basis and that if something is deemed to inhibit their ability to properly operate equipment or gets in the way of completing their mission that it won’t be allowed. This allows for a broad interpretation of the rules based on who gets to make the decision and could open the door to many more terrorists, like Nidal Hassan, infiltrating our military and killing its members since they won’t be as noticeable with other Muslims wearing similar attire.
As of now the Pentagon says there are some 3,700 Muslims that are active duty but they’re unsure of how many requests they will get.
Muslim groups still don’t feel this goes far enough, however. Amardeep Singh says that while this is a step in the right direction there’s still too much uncertainty amongst it all and there needs to be more clarity to the rules.
The memo, dated in February of 2009 and updated January 22 of this year, states that;
“In accordance with section 533(a)(1) of Public Law 112-239 (Reference (d) ) , as amended, unless it could have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline, the Military Departments will accommodate individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of Service members in accordance with the policies and procedures in this instruction. This does not preclude disciplinary or administrative action for conduct by a Service member requesting religious accommodation that is proscribed by Chapter 47 of Title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice), including actions and speech that threaten good order and discipline.”