Fort Carson is simply, shamefully and dishonestly falsely-reporting about this shocking incident of BLATANT Islamophobic bigotry perpetrated by one of its highest ranking NCO’s on the installation. Their mendacious and twisted “version” of what transpired is an absolutely repulsive exacerbation of an already horrific incident of racist anti-Muslim prejudice.
Fort Carson’s lies start at the very beginning of this disgraceful incident. Fort Carson is refusing to admit that the abusive female Command Sergeant Major (CSM) physically grabbed our MRFF client in public and yanked her away to further effectuate her “ordering” of our MRFF client to immediately and publicly take off her hijab. MRFF has an eyewitness to this horror. There is NO doubt that it happened. It is all just breathtakingly dishonest and disgusting. Further, our MRFF client is more than willing to submit to a polygraph test to validate her claims. MRFF wonders if the abusive CSM would likewise agree to such a polygraph test? MRFF will gladly pay for both lie detector procedures.
Unless this CSM, who wretchedly denigrated our MRFF client by ordering her to take off her hijab in public, enjoys the extraordinary powers of X-Ray vision, it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for this CSM to have even SEEN the hair of our MRFF client. Indeed, even if this CSM DID have X-Ray vision, our client’s hair was neatly tucked beneath her under-cap, completely in accord with Army appearance regulations. This under-cap is part and parcel of her prior Army-approved hijab garments. These hijab garments were fully approved for our MRFF client approximately 9 months ago by her current Brigade Commander.
These salacious lies from Fort Carson must NOT go unpunished. Our MRFF client has filed a formal EEO Complaint. That EEO Complaint MUST be resolved swiftly and in complete accordance with justice. If that does not happen, MRFF plans, among a number of other specific courses of action seeking remediation for our client and just punishment of the Army perpetrators, to file a full and aggressive complaint on behalf of our client with the United States Civil Rights Commission in Washington D.C.
Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq.
Founder and President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation