Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It's a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion.
Also, the sharia-compliant regulation threatens to expand the jihadi Fifth Column that counterintelligence already is dealing with in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre. The FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadists within the military.
Making special accommodations for Islam will only attract more Muslims into the military at a time when two recent terror cases highlight the ongoing danger of Muslims in uniform.
Earlier this month, a former Army soldier was sentenced to seven years in prison in a terror investigation. Craig Benedict Baxam, a Muslim convert, was said to have trained with al-Qaida's branch in Somalia. In statements to federal agents, he justified violent jihad and vowed to fight the U.S. to defend Islamic lands.
Also this month, Homeland Security arrested an Iranian-American working for the Defense Department as a contract engineer. Mozaffar Khazaee was busted sending secret documents to Tehran.
In justifying the Pentagon's new religious accommodations, which took effect last week, a spokesman said they would "reduce both the instances and perception of discrimination among those whose religious expressions are less familiar to the command." The terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, which lobbied for the beard exemption, cheered it as a civil rights victory.
Don't be misled. The beard now allowed is the same beard required by all jihadists. Recall that the Fort Hood shooter insisted on wearing a beard at his trial.
The administration is pushing sharia-compliance on the private sector. Last month, it successfully sued McDonald's over its dress code after the burger chain refused to let a Muslim worker grow a beard.
McDonald's insisted it was an issue of hygiene and food sanitation. Yet after Shaheed Khan invoked Islam, the company buckled and agreed to allow Islamic beards and put managers through Muslim sensitivity training. It even forked over $50,000 to Khan.
What next? Will McDonald's be forced to use only halal-butchered meat in its burgers? Will the Pentagon court-martial non-Muslim soldiers for mishandling their bunkmates' copies of the Quran?
The left dismisses as alarmist fears about sharia law creeping into Western society. Yet the evidence is all around us.