MIL Religious Discrimination in the Armed Forces (Long)

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    XXlinkXX New Member

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    Hello, Allow me to introduce myself,

    I am a Sophomore High School Student from Miami, Florida and i am Muslim. I was born in Houston, Texas and my parents are Turkish so therefore i am a Turk. I have a good gpa and looking forward to going to college. I wanted to be an officer in the United States Armed Forces ever since i was a little kid (I am down to choosing either Marines, Army, or Navy help me out on that too <_<). I am currently enrolled in NJROTC (navy =p) and i am incredibly motivated and there was nothing else i wanted to choose other then a career in the Armed Forces. One day i turned on CNN and there was news about Religious Discrimination on Military Academies (West Point, Naval Academy, etc.). People looked down on people that weren't Christian, and there was a lot of Anti-Semitism going on. This made me think a lot. Especially with what is going on in the world now (Iraq, Israel-Palestinian Conflict, Muslim Terrorists) and the media changing the views of Muslims, do Christian enlistees and officers view Muslim enlistees and officers serving in the U.S. military as un-trustable, especially during the war in Iraq, which is kind of our own people? If and when i do get commissioned after college (going to take ROTC or NROTC in college), will i be able to earn respect and further my career in the Armed Forces? In all my history books i have never heard of a Muslim United States General or Admiral, which even scares me the most, as i look to try my best in leadership to get all the way to O-10 if i go. Please anyone that is currently serving or has served a long time, can you help me with this? Thanks for your Time.
     
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    Here is one example of Muslim Discrimination

    Taken from http://www.pluralism.org/research/profiles/display.php?profile=73495

    Capt. James Yee

    Perhaps the most high-profile example of possible U.S. military discrimination against Muslims came in the military investigation of Chaplain James Yee. On Sept. 10, Capt. Yee, a prominent Muslim chaplain and graduate of West Point, was arrested by the military without charges under suspicion of potentially aiding enemy prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Yee was held for 76 days in solitary confinement while the Army reviewed documents related to his suspected espionage activities and links to members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Later, the military dropped the espionage charges but charged Yee instead with adultery and downloading pornography onto his computer, a move that critics charged as simply an attempt by the government to cover up their lack of evidence against him. On October 24, The Washington Post reported that military authorities had initially launched their investigation against Yee after he repeatedly complained about the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, a complaint that has been echoed by several Human Rights Organizations. In April, Chaplain Yee was cleared of all charges.
     
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    damn. I guess i'm muslim too, well my parents are atleast (i'm bad muslim, but i try). family is from pakiland too.

    I have never had anything that even seemed like descrimination come my way from any military branch.

    My security clearence is taking a while though, hehhe.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:at the porn charges on a chaplain....

    life discriminates, i guess the military is no different.
     
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    That reminds me, to be in the Special Forces community you need to have a certain security clearance to get in, do you think it is harder for muslims to get in? And also i dont go to mosques or pray i am just muslim by family, same thing with my parents too, i never see them worshipping.
     
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    YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DOWNLOAD PORN IN THE MILITARY???
     
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    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    i have a muslim e-6 in my platoon, we dont have a problem with him except when he gets the nasty pork chop mre and one of us have to give up our good mre to him because he cant eat pork, but thats about it haha, nothing major
     
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    wow this thread went so out of subject lol
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I have never seen any religious descrimination in the military. Just like any organization, stupid people can do stupid things, but I have never seen it. The military is at the forefront of religious and racial acceptance, contrary to what the press and liberals would have you believe.
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    You shouldn't have to worry about religious discrimination. You will most likely see it from some stupid people, but where will you not see it from stupid people? Just keep it personal and don't try to flaunt it. Most people leave religion and politics at the door if deemed insensitive to co-workers. The only problem you should have getting a clearance if you have a good background history and contact numbers for any relatives living outside of the states.

    And IMO being Muslim, even though I disagree with the teachings, is better than athiest. At least you have faith in someone. :bigthumb:
     
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    mrmephistopheles Not right... in the head.

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    Fixed.
     
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    What languages do you speak? You might find them falling over themselves...
     
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    English and some Turkish, dont know a word of arabic...

    And now the horrible London bombing.... Muslims in England are going to be viewed as violent now by the british i bet...
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Don't develop a martyer complex. Everyone isn't out to get the muslims. Just the rat fucks that like to kill people.
     
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    Sharkticon The safest place in combat is on an AEGIS Class Gu

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    I work with Chaplains 24/7. You'd be surprised at how some act outside of the pulpit. ;)
     

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