Sgt. Cesilia Valdovinos alleges that her Command Sergeant Major grabbed her by the arm, took her outside and forced her to remove her Islamic religious head covering in front of other people, even men. But the real elephant in the room that nobody wants to address is why are Muslims allowed to serve in the U.S. Military at all?
Army Times The senior noncommissioned officer believed that Valdovinos, 26, who has an approved exemption from her brigade commander to wear a hijab in uniform, was wearing her hair out of regulations underneath it, she told Army Times on Tuesday.
“To me, it was the same thing as if they had asked someone to take their top off,” the soldier, a member of the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, said. (Then you have no business being in the military)
No one had asked her whether her hair was in a regulation bun, she added, before demanding that she remove the garment. She took off the scarf portion of the covering first, she said, but Command Sgt. Maj. Kerstin Montoya demanded she completely expose her hair. When she removed the cap underneath, which covers her hairline and underneath her chin, the length of hair came loose from its bun.
The battalion adjutant, who accompanied Valdovinos and Montoya for the inspection, says that the senior NCO tapped the sergeant on her shoulder before leading her outside of the chapel.
“Upon removing her hijab it was evident her hair was completely down,” Capt. Brooke Smith said in a statement. “CSM Montoya told her to get her hair back in regulation and not let it happen again. At no point did CSM Montoya touch the soldier or yell at her (at all or within earshot of other soldiers).”
It was the first time since receiving her waiver that the soldier had ever been confronted about her hijab, she said. But not the first she felt targeted as a Muslim in the Army. (What do you expect, after all, you ARE the enemy we are fighting all over the world)
The inspection was a blatant act of Islamophobia, according to the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which represents Valdovinos.
“Unless this CSM, who wretchedly denigrated our MRFF client by ordering her to take off her hijab in public, enjoys the extraordinary powers of X-ray vision, it would have been impossible for this CSM to have even seen the hair of our MRFF client,” Mikey Weinstein said in a statement. The under-cap is an integral part of the approved hijab, he added.
(FYI: Mikey Weinstein is an atheist scumbag who keeps trying to have anything Christian-related removed from the military, while, at the same time, fighting for special religious accommodations for every Muslim)
Belief Net Weinstein endorses the Southern Poverty Law Center, which publishes a list of “hate groups” that lump together Christian organizations such as Family Research Center with the Ku Klux Klan.
Anti-Christian Atheist Michael ‘Mikey’ Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation writes that fundamentalist Christians are “bloody monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation, and tyranny”. He is waging a war to “purge faith from the military”. He wants officers court- martialed for sharing their faith that he labels a “rapacious reign of theocratic terror”.
In an Equal Opportunity complaint filed on March 7, Valdovinos said she described her first sergeant referring to her as “the girl with the hood.” A culinary specialist, (Culinary specialist? Since when did Army food become halal-complaint?) she said she was recently reassigned from an on-post dining facility to her battalion’s headquarters company after objecting to cooking pork products.
And previously, she added, she reported to her company commander that while deployed last year, another soldier referred to her as a “terrorist.” The captain did not escalate the claim, she said.