Right now I’m nearly as ashamed of my country as Michelle Obama was before her husband stole the 2008 Democratic nomination by disenfranchising a few states.
Sure we talk about religious freedom, but how can we remain silent when a devout Muslim who has put in his time serving our country is forcibly debearded for no other reason than that we are a nation chock full of bigotry against innocent vulnerable members of the Religion of Peace. Also military rules.
The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage must be clean-shaven or will be forcibly shaved before his murder trial, a military judge ordered Thursday.
Col. Gregory Gross issued the official order after a hearing to determine whether a federal religious freedom law applied to Hasan’s case, and triggered another delay in all proceedings related to Hasan’s trial because his attorneys plan to appeal.
Beards are a violation of Army regulations, and soldiers who disobey orders to get rid of facial hair can be shaved against their will. Gross repeatedly has said Hasan’s beard, which he started growing in jail this summer, is a disruption to the court proceedings.
Major Nidal Hassan, a Muslim so devout that he put Soldier of Allah on his business cards and tried to kill as many Americans as he could, told the court, “‘In the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim. I believe my religion requires me to wear a beard.”
I guess we’re going to find out if Allah is really almighty after all. Perhaps then the razor will break or Hassan’s beard will thicken so that it cannot be cut.
But the real message here is that we are an intolerant nation. A man like Hassan can rise to the rank of major, make a minor mistake due to contracting PTSD from the drinking water, and have his beard forcibly shaved because America hates Muslims and their beards.
“When I stand before God, I am individually responsible for my actions,” Hassan said, apparently referring to the beard.
Clearly the beard. He’s not responsible for killing a bunch of people, but Allah forbid that he shave his beard.