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    Sgt. Cesilia Valdovinos alleges she was forced to remove her military-authorized hijab by a senior noncommissioned officer. (Credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

    A Muslim soldier who filed a complaint alleging that her religious freedom was violated when she was forced to remove her hijab now intends to file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army.
    “I want to let people know that’s it’s not a bad thing to stand up for yourself when you’re getting mistreated,” Sgt. Cesilia Valdovinos, 26, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
    She alleges that her troubles began in June 2018, when her brigade commander, Col. David Zinn, granted her approval to wear a hijab with her uniform; from that time forward, she claims, her hijab triggered “extremely hateful” behavior towards her, including repeated vitriol and harassment.
    “I got called a ‘terrorist.’ I got called ‘ISIS.’ I hear comments that I’m the reason why 9/11 happened,” says Valdovinos, who converted to Islam in March 2016. “There’s a lot of anger and animosity.” She claims that her breaking point came while she was attending a suicide-prevention briefing with the 704th Brigade Support Battalion at a chapel in Ft. Carson, Colo. That, she says, is when her command sergeant major allegedly grabbed her arm, pulled her out of rank and forced her to remove her hijab in front of her colleagues.
    “I felt embarrassed and religiously raped in a sense,” Valdovinos wrote in an email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an advocacy organization that is representing her. “My religious preference is only to unveil in front of my husband in the comfort of my own home.”
    That incident pushed her to file an official complaint with the Military Equal Opportunity Office (MEO) on March 7 (with the MRFF’s assistance), in which she alleges a series of troubling incidents — including being called a “terrorist” by a fellow soldier and seeing no action taken when she informed his commander; being removed from her assignment as “culinary arts specialist” at a dining facility because of her “religious preference to not handle pork”; and being referred to by her sergeant as “the girl with the hood.”
    Although her MEO complaint was found to be “unsubstantiated,” Valdovinos now intends to file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army for violating her First Amendment rights.
    While the senior noncommissioned officer told the Army Times that Valdovinos was wearing her hair out of regulations underneath the hijab, Valdovinos maintains that she was not asked about her hair, and believes it would have been impossible to see her it underneath the opaque garb.
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    An illustration of a military-authorized hijab obtained from Army Direction 2017-13 (Photo: U.S. Army)
    A commander’s inquiry into Valdovinos’ allegations “concluded that the senior non-commissioned officer acted appropriately by enforcing the proper wear of the hijab, in compliance with Army Regulations,” according to a statement from her brigade officer, Col. Zinn, and obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle.
    Further, it states, “Our leaders are committed to supporting Soldiers’ freedom of religious expression. I have and will continue to, take all reports of Soldiers disrespecting religious beliefs, observances, or traditions very seriously. We value diversity within our ranks and will continue to embrace our differences, which make us a stronger more well-rounded team of cohesive, highly-trained Soldiers prepared to answer our Nation’s call anytime, anywhere.”
    The Military Equal Employment Office did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.
    Shortly after the decision was made, Valdovinos says she was demoted from sergeant to specialist, and that it will reduce her pay by approximately $1,300 a month. She says the decision has also taken a mental toll, as she and her 7-year-old daughter have become the target of increased harassment after her story went public.
    “I was getting messages on Facebook from people that I didn’t even know, that if they ever see me they would kill me, and threatened me with acid attacks,'” Valdovinos says, adding that she’s been told to “go back to where she came from,” despite being from Lodi, Calif.
    The MRFF now intends to file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army on behalf of Valdovinos, citing violations to her civil rights in what it views as “blatant Islamophobic harassment, bigotry and prejudice of the worst type.”
    “This serious attempt to marginalize, dehumanize, trivialize the religious faith of a member in standing. We will not let this stand,” Mikey Weinstein, a former U.S. Air Force officer and founder of MRFF, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Her level of heroism is no less than that of Rosa Parks when she refused to move to the back of the bus. It takes a tremendous amount of personal courage, integrity and character to stand up to anyone in the U.S. military.”

    The MRFF hopes to enlist the help of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress, who helped lift a 181-year ban on head coverings on the House floor. Omar has yet to respond to their requests.

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    if you can't have a cross showing or a star of David showing, then no rag on the head wearing...

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    Marine Free Member gkmoz's Avatar
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    Just saw my first Muslim commercial on TV, her name was Fatima and wearing a hijab eating a Nestle crunch bar...this is how the public is desensitized by slipping these subtle things passed the average snowflake types? they get used to seeing them and the next thing you know it is over whelming us on the boob tube? just like the homosexual commercial where two guys are snuggled on the couch watching a movie or TV show?

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    That's starts out real nonchalant, then picks up momentum as we get used to it.....bunch of Bullshet....

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    she needs to be out of the Army.... this entire "incident" stinks of "set-up" raise a little hell, spread some hate and discontent, file a lawsuit, make the headlines and get rich and famous.... just why hid this snowflake "convert" to Islam in the first place???? complaining about being booted from the mess hall because of refusing to handle pork???? that's akin to a radio operator refusing to handle a radio, or a grunt refusing to touch a weapon, which is grounds for loosing one's MOS.... all of this "social engineering" that is taking place in today's military really needs to STOP, like, RIGHT NOW.... the snowflakes of the world need to wake up, and understand that YOU conform to the military, the military does NOT conform to you.....

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    Trey Gowdy

    GET THIS"...The left still screaming "Transgenders must be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military", as U.S. citizens it's their constitutional right to enlist and they cannot be denied based on their sexual identity preference. They can act as valuable resource's in many certain capacities. "BUT THEN THIS"....Trey Gowdy , South Carolina Congressman, recently responded to a reporter about the military in response to a question from a CNN reporter about the DoD ban of transgenders from joining the U.S. armed forces. As Trey typically does so very well, he nailed it rather succinctly.
    Question: How can President Trump claim to represent all U.S citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, when he banned transgenders from joining the military? Isn't that discrimination?
    Trey Gowdy's Response: "Nobody has a right to serve in the Military. Nobody! What makes you people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? It is very far from it - and for good reasons - let me cite a few."
    "The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers." he went on to explain: "By the way, poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identification as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair?"
    "Can't run the required course in the required time? Can't do the required number of push-ups? Not really a morning person? and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be legitimate reasons for denial"
    "The Military has one job: Winning War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability. Did someone just scream? That isn't Fair? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful"
    "YOU must change yourself to meet Military standards and not the other way around."
    "I say again: You don't change the Military - you must change yourself. The Military is not about being fair, it is about taking advantage of others and about winning.
    The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars and keep our Country safe - PERIOD!"
    "If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality... Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors."
    "...any other questions?"

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    Sometimes I wish these snowflakes could spend just one week, even one day, in our shoes back in the day. If it ain't issued you don't rate it, that includes wives, cars, etc. until you earn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    pictures that nightmares are made of....... YIKES!

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    thanks, Billy, we REALLY needed that......NOT!!!.... Gowdy's response is classic.... unfortunately, the snowflakes will STILL not "get it"... they're all about "being fair"... that is, until some jackbooted thugs kick in their door and march them off to a "camp"... THEN, it's "where is our military, they are supposed to protect us from this kind of thing"...... unfortunately, by the time all of the "socially correct fairness quotas" are factored in, there are no "combat troops" left, they were denied reenlistment because they failed to "fit" into today's new, gentler, more responsible military... what is left are all cowering under their beds in their nighties wimpering.....

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