A Federal Court has just ruled the U.S. Marines cannot force Sikh recruits to shave their beards.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit ruled the United States Marine Corps cannot force Siikh recruits to violate their religious beliefs and cut their beards.
In Sikhism, it’s a sin for a man to cut his beard.
The ruling comes after three Sikh Marine hopefuls filed a lawsuit against the Marines clean shave policy because it would require them to shave in order to pass boot camp.
Three men sued, saying they could not attend boot camp if forced to shave their beards. A court ruling on Friday said the Marine Corps cannot force Sikh recruits to go against their religious beliefs by shaving their beards.https://t.co/eNEAgSYfjv
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 24, 2022
The lawsuit is not over yet, but this latest injunction will force the Marines to accomadete Sikh’s religious beliefs until a final ruling is made.
In their injunction the US Court of Appeals wrote, “They are now suffering and will continue to suffer grave, immediate, and ongoing injuries to the exercise of their faith”.
A US federal appeals court said US Marines Corps are to allow Sikh recruits to maintain their beards and wear turbans.https://t.co/nSJWG1jtBa
— DW News (@dwnews) December 24, 2022
According to Marine officials, the ban on beards is a necessary aspect of teaching discipline and stripping recruits of their individuality in order to become a unified team.
Previously, The Gateway Pundit reported the United States Marines could eliminate “Sir” and “Ma’am” due to gender neutrality issues.