I’m a simple fella who doesn’t like hypocrisy — especially when it’s so very blatant. And when it happens, it’s my duty to call it out, and so here we go once again. After all, I thought the liberal progressives were all about “fairness.” So I just want someone to explain to me the fairness in this situation.
As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, “A US District Court judge ruled in favor of a Sikh student who sued the Army after being forced to choose between joining the ROTC and keeping his traditional turban, uncut hair, and beard. A federal court has ruled that Iknoor Singh, a Sikh college student at Hofstra University, will be permitted to enroll in the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps without cutting his hair, shaving his beard, or removing his turban. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued the ruling in Washington, D.C. on Friday, determining that Mr. Singh’s adherence to his religion would not affect his ability to serve.
The lawsuit, filed jointly by the ACLU and United Sikhs, argued that the Army’s denial of religious exemption for Singh violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
As a disclaimer, during my first duty assignment as a young lieutenant in Vicenza, Italy I had a mustache. That was 1984 and y’all remember there was an unwritten rule that officers didn’t’ have lip hair. I had it for that first assignment for a little while, but shaved it off because it was more important to comply with a standard — even an unwritten one. That’s what service and individual sacrifice was all about.
Ok, hypocrisy alert! We recently shared with you all the story of a young black female Marine sergeant who was given a bad conduct discharge because she displayed “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” on her computer screen.
Her supervisor deemed the display of that piece of scripture from Isaiah 54:17 as being potentially offensive. And the U.S. Marine Corps stated she wasn’t protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Yo, wazzup wit dat? Sorry, just having fun with a little Ebonics. So are we all so stupid not to see the hypocrisy of letting young Mr. Singh’s religious beliefs supersede the Army’s standards for appearance, yet the display of seven words from the Old Testament of the Bible be ruled offensive? I appreciate Mr. Singh’s desire to serve our nation, but the objective of the U.S. military is that individuals conform to a unified standard of appearance – but perhaps that’s no longer important.
Or could it be that everything is ok for other religious beliefs, just not for Christians?
Remember U.S. Air Force Major General Craig Olson who was attacked by little Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for speaking of his Christian faith and belief in God in uniform on the National Prayer Day? And we reported to y’all here about Weinstein forcing a nativity scene at GITMO in the chow hall to be taken down. But wearing a beard and turban due to one’s religion is ok? So where is the fairness there, and why did the ACLU not step in to assist the Marine Sergeant? Ahh, she has the wrong religion it would seem. How many more instances are there of this blatant hypocrisy? Share with us those you’ve experienced.
I stay in touch with several Christian chaplains in the military and guess what, they must refrain from praying in the “name of Jesus.” So in other words, a Christian chaplain cannot offer prayer in the name of the One for whom his faith is based. But Mr. Singh can have a turban and a beard because it’s part of his religion.
Our troops are deployed to Islamic countries and even on our combat posts over there they’re told not to openly display articles of the Christian faith — after all, we don’t want to offend the folks we are over there to save from Islamic terrorists. So, Christian troops are encouraged not to display crosses and Bibles — but Mr. Singh can wear a turban and beard because it’s part of his religion.
“Singh first requested a religious exemption from the military’s grooming policies to enlist as an ROTC cadet in April 2013. His request was denied on the grounds that his exemption would have “an adverse impact on the Army’s readiness, unit cohesion, standards, health, safety, or discipline.” The Army then modified its decision, telling Singh he could seek an exemption but only after he was enlisted as a cadet. This meant he would have to go against his faith in order to be able to apply for an exemption. “I couldn’t believe the military was asking me to make the impossible decision of choosing between the country I love and my faith,” writes Singh in an ACLU blog post.”
The hypocrisy is laughable because Mr. Singh, sadly, that’s exactly what Christian men and women in our military are being TOLD to do. I guess being a Sikh makes you a protected class, good for you. We all know about the Air Force CMSGT who was forced by his openly lesbian commander out of his duty position because due to his religious belief he did not belief in gay marriage. I suppose his Christian faith wasn’t worth defending by the ACLU from undue command influence. Then again, believing that marriage is defined as a relationship between one man and one woman has somehow become a hate crime. It’s sad, I guess some must make that hard decision of which Mr. Singh spoke Funny thing — we hear little from the liberal progressive socialist left about the religion that condemns gays and lesbians to death. I guess they’re protected as well.
At some point in time this hypocrisy has to end and I don’t care if I’m hated for pointing it out. Because if I am confronted with making a choice, well, I choose as Joshua did, per Joshua 24:14-15, (NIV), “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Sadly, there is a focused movement by the secular humanist liberal leftists to punish those who make the choice of Joshua — then again, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD” — Isaiah 54:17 (NIV).