All she ever wanted to do, her fondest dream, her life’s ambition, her parents’ hope for her, was to join. To be a part of something. To drill and to learn the proud traditions that mark the United States Military. That’s all. Why couldn’t they let her realize her dreams? She would have done anything to be a part of that group, to do what they do. Anything, that is, except take off the hijab.
Not all who join the JROTC, or the ROTC, not even all who join the regular Army or even who are commissioned eventually realize their dream to it’s fullest. Many don’t make the grade, just as in civilian life. But many are given the chance, if they are willing to make some sacrifices, and if that’s what they really, really, really, really, really want. Did little Demin really, really, really, really, really want to be an American cadet? Well, we don’t know for sure, but most who are, or aspire to be, or are in training to be, or who know anybody who knows anything about the military, or who have read anything about it, know that in order to get permission to do anything in the military, one has to go through the chain of command. Did little Demin go through the chain of command? No. She went to C.A.I.R. (Council on American-Islamic Relations.) See, she claims to want to be part of this junior military thing, but only on her terms. This is a new twist, is it not?
Someday someone is going to have to explain this whole CAIR thing to me. Is it a council that does council work about relations between Americans and Islamics? Or is it relations between the Council and Islamic-Americans? If the latter, then why can’t it just be between them and these Islamic Americans they want to have relationships with? If the former, then is that not an admission that these Islamists either are not Americans or their Americanism is but a footnote and they are all about promoting the Islamist agenda in their relations with, pardon the term, “ordinary” Americans?
At any rate, you will be soothed to know that everything turned out A-Okay for little Demin. All it took was a little friendly “nudge” (where have I heard that word before?) from CAIR and the Department of Defense was all too willing to overturn rule, tradition, order and discipline to accommodate this little “Army of One”. (Yep; heard that one before, too). See, these Muslim-Americans, or Islamic Americans, they might not like the whole gay fad currently sweeping the world, including the US military, but they sure are willing to learn a thing or two from the GLAADsters out there ….fighting the good fight. (Poor choice of words, I know). All it takes is some threats of lawsuits, some publicity campaigns and the help of the compliant US media, and the US Defense Establishment will bend over backwards, or forwards, as the situation warrants, to accomodate. Now, should little Demin proceed to the next levels in her passionate quest to be a military type, perhaps becoming a real soldier, maybe even attaining a pretty respectable rank, like Major or something, we wonder if she might have any other little personal pecadillos she is not willing to forego, or anything in her conscience that might cause her again to engage the services of CAIR, maybe even seek counseling from an imam or other….advisor….perhaps in Yemen….on what to do about any situation she finds herself in. Well, we just don’t know, do we? Probably shouldn’t dwell on it too much. The main thing is that Demin got in and diversity is just all that, dontchaknow?
We therefore encourage all you little Wiccan kids who really, really, really, really, really want to be just like other American kids and join the Cadets, to show up in your religious headgear (that’s the tall, pointy hats with the wide brims, right?) and demand to be included, and if not, to contact your local Council on American Wiccan Relations to help give the US military a little “nudge”.
You little Wiccan kids don’t practice taqqiyah, do you?