"Soldier, get thee to a nunnery"
masinter at NOVA.EDU
Tue Jul 17 14:28:35 PDT 2001
Soldiers who travel off base in a foreign nation are subject to the laws
of that nation. Though I do not know, I suspect that the military
regulations are designed to ensure that female soldiers who travel off
base do not inadvertently violate Saudi law. That is a secular purpose
which would seem entirely legitimate, and therefore one which would not
violate the religion clauses even if the motive behind Saudi law is
religious. Whether we should have troops in a country with such laws is a
very different question from whether we should ensure that those who are
there do not violate them, even if they run contrary to our core notions.
Michael R. Masinter 3305 College Avenue
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33314
Shepard Broad Law Center (954) 262-6151
masinter at nova.edu Chair, ACLU of Florida Legal Panel
On Tue, 17 Jul 2001, Rick Duncan wrote:
> Does anyone have any thoughts on the US military's
> regulations that require service *women* to comply
> with Muslim dress restrictions when off base in Saudi
> Arabia? The regulation requires female warriors to
> wear an "abaya" when off base. The policy requires
> women to cover their hair and all skin below the neck
> by wearing the traditional black garb of Saudi women.
> Service *men* are not required to comply with these
> One woman service member has charged that this rule
> violates her religious liberty by requiring her to
> comply with Muslim religious restrictions. Any
> "Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm."
> --President George W. Bush (quoting John Page)
> Do You Yahoo!?
> Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! Mail
More information about the Religionlaw