The Beard Issue Continues To Grow

Muslim-American leaders said that although they had no sympathy for Major Hasan, forcing him to shave his beard was an unnecessary step that could offend Muslims in the United States and around the world.       

“I don’t think that would send a particularly good message to have anyone forcibly shaved, no matter what they’re accused of,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group based in Washington that condemned the shootings at Fort Hood as cowardly and inexcusable. “Inmates should be allowed religious accommodation within guidelines. I think we need to separate the principle from the personality.”

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