December 11, 2013 (Washington, DC) – Just over six months after Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, at the request of the Sikh Coalition, a bipartisan group of its commissioners has asked U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to explain why turbaned and bearded Sikhs are denied opportunities to serve in the U.S. military. This represents the first time that an executive branch agency has asked the Defense Department through official channels to explain why the presumptive ban on Sikh service in the U.S. military remains.
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We are grateful to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for taking a positive stand in support of equal opportunity on behalf of Sikh Americans who wish to serve their country.
Your Support Makes a Difference
Obsolete appearance regulations in the U.S. military represent the most prominent institutional barrier to religious liberty for Sikhs in the United States. With your support, we have made important progress since 2009 when we first launched our campaign. We look forward to continuing this work until our nation’s military joins other industrialized nations in allowing all Sikhs to serve.
None of this work is possible without your generous financial support. If you want the Sikh Coalition to continue its fight for equal opportunity in the U.S. military in 2014, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Sikh Coalition today.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.