When something happens once it’s an occurrence. But when it happens twice, and within close proximity to the first event, it’s a trend.
Here’s a decision that’s drawn my attention as it represents yet again the Islamo-fascist attempt to undermine principles, values and standards in the United States. And don’t forget, this was originally laid out as an objective in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum found during a 2004 FBI raid in northern Virginia.
If you recall, we recently shared the decision at The Citadel, the state Military College of South Carolina, regarding denying a female Muslim student the wearing of a hijab with her uniform. Yesterday, I had a new acquaintance share an email he received as an alumnus of Norwich University — the nation’s oldest private military institution, from the president’s office. I share the email below:
I mentioned to you that I was a proud graduate of Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college. I am proud of my alma mater for so many reasons, but yesterday, we received a notice from the president via e-mail (see below) outlining a change to a uniform standard. It’s just another example as you spoke of, of the liberal agenda taking hold of our country.
Norwich University received a letter requesting religious accommodations with respect to the Norwich University Corps of Cadets uniform from a female student accepted into the Corps of Cadets and the Class of 2020.Her request to the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets specifically addressed a religious accommodation to observe the hijab, a broad term that defines modest dress by Muslim women. She requested the University’s permission to wear religious head covering to cover her hair and neck at all times in uniform, and for uniform accommodations that would enable the covering of her arms and legs. Norwich University granted the student’s request for religious accommodations respective to the Corps of Cadets uniform and will amend the Corps of Cadets Standard Operating Procedures to permit her observation of the hijab. The student has been advised that the religious headgear, in authorized colors and fabrics, must be of a style and size that can be completely covered by standard issue Corps of Cadets headgear and that she may wear Norwich issued long sleeve shirts and pants.
Norwich is not the first senior military college to grant such a religious accommodation respective to a uniform. The Corps of Cadets Standard Operating Procedures will also be amended to permit the observation of the yarmulke.
The Corps of Cadets at Norwich University places a high value on the rights of its cadets to observe tenets of their respective religions or to observe no religion at all. Our cadets come from all walks of life. Regardless of their spiritual or religious affiliation, all students and employees should feel welcome and comfortable at Norwich University.
Norwich University is a learning community that is American in character yet global in perspective. Our country and our institution are dynamic. As educators of future leaders, it is our duty to matriculate a diverse student body that reflects our society. Norwich prepares traditional students and the young men and women of our Corps of Cadets to welcome and respect diversity and to be inclusive of all people.
Now of course y’all may say no big deal, and of course the progressive socialist detractors are probably cheering. But just so you know, the same female who tried this at The Citadel is the one doing this at Norwich University. It would appear this is a blatant assault by someone, whom I can only surmise is supported by the Council for American Islamic Relations (unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Islamic terrorist funding case, the Holy Land Foundation).
Here is the issue I have — and I’d almost bet a month’s paycheck that the majority of Norwich alumni would as well — the uniform standard operating procedures are not meant to be adjusted to the individual. Those uniform standards exist for the individual to conform and become part of a team, a tradition. Norwich is not about preparing young men and women of their Corps of Cadets to be ambassadors of diversity and inclusion. That institution exists to train and prepare future leaders of our military, and our nation.
The lesson that should be taught is that the institution, just like the Constitution, is greater than a single person. Principles and values codify us and establish that which unifies us and makes us stronger. But it appears that this young lady is just trolling to make a statement. Worst of all, the decision of Norwich undermines the decision at The Citadel, violating one of the premier principles of war: unity of effort. Every single military institution in the United States should lock shields in an impenetrable phalanx in order to make a stand and be unified. Now, there’s a gap in the formation, which shall be exploited.
Naturally, the lefties who do their own “trolling” here will claim this is no different than allowing blacks and women into our venerable military institutions. But you see, the left has become so adept at the weak attempt to align everything with the civil rights struggle of blacks — including fellas going into women’s facilities.
But, when Henry O. Flipper reported to West Point as the first black cadet, he did not demand an exception to a uniform standard. And this young lady hasn’t been denied attendance to The Citadel or Norwich University because she’s Muslim. She is requesting a different standard because of it.
So here’s the real question about this young lady’s intention — is her commitment to Islam or to the Corps of Cadets, its traditions, and in the end, the Constitution of the United States? If her commitment is to the latter two, she wouldn’t be pursuing this demand — which is reflective of her commitment to the former – primarily, it appears.
Norwich University got it wrong. Just as West Point got it wrong regarding the sixteen female cadets who, in uniform, were lifting raised fists…and the female cadet caught texting while marching in formation.
If you want to attend a military institution in these United States of America, it’s about the individual conforming to the standards, not the opposite. If this continues, then the basic core, the discipline, will break down as the individual is elevated over the unit — over the country. Perhaps this young Muslim woman should heed the words of a Navy lieutenant who went on to become a war hero, a senator, and a president: “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”