WCIV ABC News 4 out of Charleston, South Carolina reports that The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, has denied the request of an incoming Muslim student to wear her hijab. In a statement released by The Citadel, under the name of President Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the college notes that:
the decision to reject the request came from an “essential” need to standardize the appearance of the cadets regardless of their religious requirements.
“This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit. Upon graduation, The Citadel’s graduates are prepared to enter a life committed to principled leadership in military service and civilian careers,” Rosa said in the statement.
Nothing screams the “initial relinquishing of self” like asking an entire college to change to accommodate your personal needs.