Vermont: Military College Changes Uniform Code for Muslim Hijabi


Source: The Citadel rejected her hijab, but another military school embraces Muslim student’s request – The Washington Post

Norwich University, a nearly 200-year-old private military college in Vermont, has granted an accepted student’s request to wear hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a decision that was welcomed by some but also provoked outrage for some alumni and cadets.

The same student requested a similar exception to the required uniform from The Citadel, touching off a highly charged debate at the public military college in South Carolina where loyalty to the corps is a fundamental value and individual preferences are set aside to encourage unity. The idea that the first exception might be for a Muslim student was particularly polarizing, given the national discussion and starkly divergent views about the role of Islam in U.S. culture.

The Citadel denied her request.

It was the first formal request for a religious accommodation to the uniform at Norwich, spokeswoman Daphne Larkin said, so they reached out to peer institutions “and came to the conclusion that it makes sense for Norwich to continue to be dynamic in how we serve our students.”

“Regardless of their spiritual or religious affiliation, all students and employees should feel welcome and comfortable at Norwich University,” Norwich President Richard Schneider wrote in announcing the exception to the required Corps of Cadets uniform. “Norwich University is a learning community that is American in character yet global in perspective.”

Jewish cadets will also now be allowed to wear a yarmulke.

[Removed comment by terror group the Council on American Islamic Relations aka CAIR]


Some alumni were quite upset. “It’s the first private military academy” in the country, said Spencer Jacobs, who just graduated from a place that has been abiding by “the same guiding values for the last 200  years. The fact that this is changing right now is totally crazy.

“We have a common goal: Allegiance to the Corps of Cadets. …  You have to live by the Norwich founding values. We encourage service to the nation and to others before ourselves. We put our uniformity before our self and work as a team.”

Jacobs, who was raised Jewish and converted to Christianity, said he respects the student’s religious convictions and her desire to practice her faith, and he respects the decision of the commandant. He loves Norwich, which he said taught him leadership, courage, honestly and selflessness. “But if you allow one person to come in and wear the hijab I’m sure anyone can come in and request any kind of accommodation.”

The university has a civilian program, he said, but those who elect the challenge and unity of the Corps of Cadets arrive on campus with little other than a few pairs of white boxers, white T-shirts and socks. “If you have a cross outside of your uniform you’re out of uniform…. Everyone is supposed to look the same because everyone is the same. Everyone is treated the same.”

Benjamin Polizotti, who attend Norwich for his undergraduate and graduate education, designed a multicultural center in Boston for his master’s thesis for the architecture degree he just received; “I’m all for diversity, all for coexistence, all for equality among all people,” he said. “… But my overall stance is the military is not a social experiment. It serves a single purpose – to ensure the safety and freedom of Americans and humans around the world. Norwich is no exception. It’s an asset to the U.S. military. Its job is to train responsible and capable leaders, not to cater to special interests.”

Allowing one exception will inevitably lead to more, he said. “It’ll start to spiral out of control … eventually people will say, ‘I don’t want to wear the uniform because it’s uncomfortable, or infringes on my right to express myself.”

Arriving on campus is like basic training, he said. “It strips one of individuality in order to promote being part of a dynamic team. It instills service before self as a guiding value of Norwich University. Camaraderie and cohesiveness, in my opinion, are the two traits that bind the team together. And individuality is corrosive to those values. This isn’t an argument against Islam or wearing a hijab. It’s all cultures, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism. The reason everyone in the military and at Norwich wears a uniform is everyone is equal – everyone is the same – and everyone is part of something bigger than themselves.

Unless you are Muslim – then it’s only about Islam…and all the rules are changed. Even if The Qur’an Does Not Mandate Hijab writes Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D. President Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc.

“… as long as the dresses are not revealing or too tight, cultural variations can add tremendous diversity in the fulfillment of this guideline.  Hijab, a terminology that is NOT to be found in the Qur’an or Hadith in the context of dress code.”  Ibrahim Syed refers to Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl’s studies of the Qur’an and Islamic law.  Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is an accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, and a Professor of Law at the UCLA’s School of Law.  He previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas, Yale Law School and Princeton University.   A high-ranking Shaykh, Dr. Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait.  Ibrahim Syed writes “Abou El Fadl argues that in contemporary Muslim societies people tend to become authoritative by imposing a single viewpoint to the total exclusion of others. Shariah (Islamic law) is then invoked to quash debate by people who are themselves not adequately qualified to do so.”

Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs according a National Public Radio report.  The majority of American Muslim women do NOT wear hijabs.    Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, 27, grew up attending an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ill., a tiny Arab enclave on Chicago’s southwest side. It’s a place where most Muslim women wear the hijab.  Abdelnabi explains why she stopped wearing the hijab.  She says that Islam teaches modesty — but wearing the hijab is taking it a step too far.  “I’ve done my research, and I don’t feel its foundation is from Islam,” she says. “I think it comes from Arab culture.”  Read more at

There is little debate online as to whether the Qu’ ran mentions hijabs because it does not.  Wearing a hijab is clearly driven by culture and custom and is not a religious requirement.  However, Islamists who want to Islamize America instead of assimilate into American culture are pushing these Sharia style customs.

The hijab is a symbol of oppression that is fostered by strict adherents of Sharia law which is antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution.  Changing the dress code to accommodate the wearing of the hijab dangerously elevates Sharia over the United States Constitution.


11 thoughts on “Vermont: Military College Changes Uniform Code for Muslim Hijabi


    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!

  2. Whoever supports this anti-American “multiculturalism” is sick in the head and DOESN’T belong in this country! Dress codes serve a GOOD purpose–they enforce the authority of, and respect for, the military institution! I say, hit’em where it hurts–BOYCOTT these traitorous sickos that run this military college! Next thing ya know, the gays and lesbos will demand to wear plastic flowers and all the colors of the rainbow! Hell, the militant feminists should be allowed to go TOPLESS–why not?!? Why have any requirements at all????? Anything goes!!!! Just hand out the diplomas to every bum on the street–NO HOLDS BARRED!!!! Every muzzlum knows THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A RELIGIOUS MANDATE FOR WEARING THESE MUZZLUM “GARBAGE BAGS”!!!!! This is all about changing America to a backward 7th century zhit-hole!!!!! IT’S WHAT MUZZLUMZ DO!!!!!

    • You know, the dress code is to visibly express where allegiance of an individual lies. Therefore if she is allowed to wear Burka and attend military training, Vermont just upgraded to terrorist bootcamp.

  3. Norwich Cadet Creed,”…success is service rendered – to GOD,to country,and to mankind. Or will she be allowed to say Allah?

  4. The Alumni who commented in the article hit it on the head. Melding a group of outsider individuals into one cohesive unit that thinks breathes moves and fights as one. Unifomity of dress is part of the process to achieve and maintain the as one. I am shocked that this military academy surrendered without a fight however their stated policy gave it away that they serve the student. If this was a Liberal Arts College that would be true but at a Military Academy the student should be thinking how can they serve the Institute, Battalion, Company, Platoon Squad and fellow cadet. If the Cadet comes with the affitude it’s ME first,and the Academy. Acededs to their demand how will that cadet ever get the concept of unit ingrained? never. Also the school adding now Jewish students can wear yamulkes. As a Jew I’m insulted. Do you mean to say it took a Muslim demanding modification to her dress with a Hijab ( not demanded of her in the Quran or Hadith) whereas there is a requirement to wear a Yamulke for Jews you skipped until theFear of refusing a Muslima might brand you as an Islamophobe. This is very telling and one of the Alumni mentioned you’ve opened Pandoras Box. I hope this Vermont school reads this Asa graduate of Columbia Military Academy.

  5. To paraphrase a comment attributes to sergeant Plumley, Norwich is a pussy, Citadel ain’t no pussy. No excuse for salty language.

  6. Ohhh, and here I thought that terrorist bootcamps are only in Mexico. Now I read that there is one in Vermont, too!
    I would like to know if they would take in a Nazi in Vermont and allowed them to wear swastika.
    Islam is more hateful than Nazi ideology.
    Is sacred duty to every Muslim to live by Muhammad’s example, and he killed thousands, fought most of his life, often with lie and deceit. From that stem concept of sacred lie and sacred deceit – lie and deceit of non Muslim is sacred if it promotes Islam and allowed in all other cases. Muhammad caused death of hundreds of thousands which, compared to then world population, puts him in one line with Genghis Khan and above Hitler and even Stalin.

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