We’ve got hijab-wearing Muslims in Congress, we’ve got them in our local governments, and, of course, we’ve got them in the armed forces. And it seems that every time we get another one of these hijab-wearing Muslims, it turns out to be a problem. Whether it’s Ilhan Omar making anti-Semitic remarks or Movita Johnson-Harrell complaining about a prayer to Jesus on the floor of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, it’s always something. One of these days, voters and elected officials may decide it’s not quite worth the hassle.
Until then, the chaos continues.
This time, it’s a hijab-wearing Muslim named Cesilia Valdovinos, who is planning to sue the Army after being demoted. Contending that the Army leadership in Fort Carson, Colorado is rife with religious discrimination, Valdonivos is mulling over a federal lawsuit.
From the Army Times:
Spc. Cesilia Valdovinos, who was demoted this week following an unrelated Article 15 investigation, will file a complaint alleging violation of her civil rights either in northern Virginia or Denver, according to Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
“This is a pattern and practice of anti-Muslim bigotry, prejudice and harassment,” he said.
The 26-year-old culinary specialist’s story first went viral in mid-March, after she filed an EO complaint with her command based on an incident with her command sergeant major at the 704th Transportation Battalion.
The senior noncommissioned officer, believing that Valdovinos was wearing her hair down underneath her hijab ― rather than in a bun, per regulation ― demanded the soldier remove the head covering,
Her hair fell to her shoulders, Valdovinos told Army Times, because she uses the extra fabric in the cap to secure her bun. When she removes it, the bun falls out.
Her commanders in Colorado deny any discrimination took place.
“The findings of our commander’s inquiry determined the senior non-commissioned officer acted appropriately by enforcing the proper wear of the hijab, in compliance with Army regulations,” Col. David Zinn said in a statement. “We take pride in the diversity of our soldier teams who work together as professionals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.”
At some point, we’re going to have to make a choice. Are we going to soften up the military so that every Tom, Dick, Jane, Tom & Dick, Jane-with-a-Dick, and Mohammad feels “included” and gets their “justice,” or are we going to concentrate on building the world’s most lethal fighting force?