Last week, Newser reported that Nidal Hasan, suspect in the shooting at Fort Hood that killed 13 people, was removed from court because he had failed to shave his beard, after being warned in a previous trial that the beard violates Army policy. Hasan insists that his beard is an integral part of his Islamic faith and refuses to shave it.
In another appearance in front of military judge Col. Gregory Gross, Hasan was fined $1000 and warned that if he didn’t shave his beard by the start of jury selection he will be forcibly shaved. ABC Action News reports:
Col. Gregory Gross has been telling Hasan he must shave, in accordance with Army regulations. Hasan, who is a Muslim, has refused to shave for more than a month, apparently in keeping with Quranic teachings…
Even though Hasan has been in custody since November 2009 when 13 people were shot and killed at the U.S. Army installation outside Killeen, Texas, he is still in the Army and still draws his pay.
What do you think of the forcible shaving of Nidal Hasan? Do his rights to express his religion trump Army regulations?
Or did Hasan surrender those rights when he agreed to enter the Army and draw pay as such?
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