27 Dec '14, 6am

[email protected] discriminated against Muslim, denied promotion over beard, lawsuit says:

.@USNavy discriminated against Muslim, denied promotion over beard, lawsuit says:

Daniel Blackwell/U.S. Air Force Related Advocates paint differing pictures of the state of religion in the military Religious liberty advocates painted widely divergent pictures of the state of faith in the U.S. military Wednesday, with some claiming rampant proselytization and others complaining that believers are punished for expressing their faith. Legislators call on DOD to fully accommodate Sikh troops A group of legislators is asking the Pentagon for a policy change to ensure Sikh troops are never forced to violate their religion by shaving their beards, cutting their hair or getting rid of their turbans. Pentagon eases rules on waivers for religious grooming The Pentagon has changed rules on religious items and religion-based physical attributes allowed while in uniform — including beards, some tattoos, and turbans. Soldiers told new rules governing tattoos, groomin...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-discriminated-against-mu...

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