U.S. Army Makes Final Decision After Soldier Refuses to Shave Beard Because of His Religion
The U.S. Army has granted a temporary religious accommodation for a Sikh soldier to wear a beard, long hair and a turban when he reports to a new post next week.
Capt. Simratpal Singh, 27, was granted the accommodation for one month while the Army makes a formal decision regarding the matter, according to The New York Times.
Singh, a graduate of West Point, is of the Sikh faith, a religion that requires male adherents to wear a turban and let their beard and hair grow naturally..
“My Sikh faith and military service are two core parts of who I am,” Singh said Monday.
“I am proud to serve my country as an officer and I look forward to being able to continue serving without having to give up my religious beliefs,” he added.
Singh received the accommodation last week t keep the beard, hair and turban as long as he does so “in a neat and tidy manner that presents a professional and well-groomed appearance.”
“Anyone who observed our unshaven special forces in Afghanistan knows a beard won’t stop an American soldier,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a law firm representing Singh.
“Now the Pentagon just needs to make Captain Singh’s exemption permanent. In fact, it should explain why it is using the beard ban to discriminate against any Sikh American,” Baxter added.
This decision — which many would celebrate for being politically correct — is extremely hypocritical, considering that Singh’s religious accommodations are good as long as they aren’t Christian.
In fact, religious minorities seem to have preference over Christians across the board. Kim Davis, Hobby Lobby and Chic-fil-A are constantly barraged for their Christian values, yet this man is allowed to keep his beard and long hair and wear a turban.
Why are his religious beliefs any different and why are they given preference?
The left will trip over itself trying to answer this question, but we all know the truth and it’s truly sickening.
H/T The Hill