The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, has reportedly denied a female cadet’s request to wear a hijab as part of her uniform.
The president of the school, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, said, “The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college. This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit.”
He did add that he hopes that the student does decide to enter Citadel anyway, despite the college’s ruling.
Many readers felt as though the student shouldn’t have requested to wear a hijab in the first place, and that she should have instead respected the traditions of the school.
“She doesn’t belong being a cadet in the US, LEAVE the country and go to one that shares your beliefs ! Oh, I forgot, you don’t have rights there, too bad,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“If you know about the dress code and do not want to abide by the traditional dress code – Do not apply or attempt to attend the school. Go somewhere else – Shut up and move on!” another added.
“She knew the standards and rules before applying to the school –to bad go to another school,” another wrote.
Some readers felt as though people who share the student’s religious views should not be allowed to join a school like The Citadel if they want to practice their religion while attending.
“Our military will not change its laws for a Muslim. America is a Chrstian nation. They will never impose their religion on us, although that is what Obama wanted. We still have Christians who are as convicted as they are about our faith,” one reader commented.
The student has yet to comment with a response to the school’s action.