Navy Removes Offensive Targets Of Muslim Women From Training Range
6:00 pm, July 3rd | by Nicole Lam
We were shocked when The Virginian-Pilot released a photo of a cardboard cutout featuring a Muslim woman as a shooting target for a Navy SEALS — and luckily it was appear someone finally figured out what a horrible idea that was.
In the photo, a woman stands in front of a sign bearing verses from the Quran, wearing a religious head scarf called a hijab and aiming a gun at the officers in training. That this didn’t immediately strike everyone who saw it as wildly offensive and horrible is alarming. The target was to be used in an vast training facility containing scenes from various combat zones, according to the New York Daily Mail. Unsurprisingly, in response to the photo, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement denouncing the target as sending a “negative and counterproductive message” to soldiers. CAIR director Nihil Awad claimed that the target revealed a sense of “Islamophobia” held by the Americans, and encouraged people to view women in headscarves with hostility and suspicion.
Quickly after the council’s complaints, the Navy removed the controversial cut outs from the training facility. Way to step out of the middle ages, guys.