(EDUCATION NEWS) – An incoming American-Muslim student at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, will not be allowed to wear a religious headscarf. According to the military college, the garb does not conform with the college's standard uniform.
The decision reflects the school's culture of standardizing the appearance of its cadets regardless of their religious leanings. "This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit. Upon graduation, The Citadel's graduates are prepared to enter a life committed to principled leadership in military service and civilian careers," said Lt Gen. John Rosa.
Reporters for ABC News write that although Lt. Rosa rejected the request, religious beliefs are respected at The Citadel. The school accommodates dietary and prayer requirements and also allows a number of faith-based organizations from the community to operate on campus. The school also provides rides to places of worship for its students.
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