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    Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    When people demonize Muslims it can affect people other than a person of Islamic faith. Her father was born into a Muslim family, however he converted to Christianity after meeting her mother, a Catholic.

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan is not a Muslim — she’s a Catholic. But her name sounded Islamic to fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and they would taunt her, calling her “Sgt. Hussein” and asking what God she prayed to.

    So before deploying to Afghanistan last year for her second war tour, she legally changed her name — to Nadia Christian Nova.

    This did not solve her problems.

    Instead, matters escalated. Nova complained to her superiors about constant anti-Muslim slurs and jokes. She says they responded with a series of reprisals intended to drive her out of the Army, leading her to consider suicide.

    “My complaints fell on deaf ears every time,” said Nova, 41, a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C. “Any time I would say something about it I was treated like I didn’t know what I was talking about or that I’m an idiot or that I was a Muslim sympathizer. It was just a very lonely feeling.”

    Determined to remain in the service for at least eight years, until she is eligible for retirement, Nova recently re-enlisted. But she agreed to tell her story to The Associated Press because “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else if I can help it. It’s a horrible to feel like people are against you when you are supposed to be on the same team.”

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    So who are you blaming?

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    I don't buy it. The Army in 2013 is so insanely politically correct, if someone even accuses you of making a discriminatory slur to his cat, you'll probably lose rank. She obviously has a ****ty chain of command, but she doesn't seem to know how to call one of the many agencies in the Army that specifically deal with this kind of thing.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I don't buy it. The Army in 2013 is so insanely politically correct, if someone even accuses you of making a discriminatory slur to his cat, you'll probably lose rank. She obviously has a ****ty chain of command, but she doesn't seem to know how to call one of the many agencies in the Army that specifically deal with this kind of thing.
    That's not actually true. There are powerful evangelical groups within the army that proselytize and discriminate against non-Christians. Muslims and atheists both face a lot of backlash from these organizations and superior officers. Nothing about this story is far fetched.
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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Seems this story is not so much about a soldier's complaints as pushing an agenda.

    The cited "news" source (let alone mainstream) is plainly garbage.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    That's not actually true. There are powerful evangelical groups within the army that proselytize and discriminate against non-Christians. Muslims and atheists both face a lot of backlash from these organizations and superior officers. Nothing about this story is far fetched.
    They must be in a different Army than I was, because they take EVERYTHING far too seriously. They even have muslim services on post, we even had the option to go to them in basic training. Any call to IG (Inspector General) would launch a very serious investigation.

    They even have hotlines specifically for this.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    That's not actually true. There are powerful evangelical groups within the army that proselytize and discriminate against non-Christians. Muslims and atheists both face a lot of backlash from these organizations and superior officers. Nothing about this story is far fetched.
    I was a militant atheist who ran my mouth all the time, as disrespectful to religion as possible when the fishing looked good. I never got any crap for it at all, even when directed at a poor wandering chaplain. In my platoon, 4-5 of the 8 guys I went to bars with were atheist.

    Let me guess... you've never been in the military but someone told you this.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Seems this story is not so much about a soldier's complaints as pushing an agenda.

    The cited "news" source (let alone mainstream) is plainly garbage.
    The news is solid, I accidentally posted it in mainstream. I tried to get the mods to move it, but so far they haven't done it.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    The news is solid, I accidentally posted it in mainstream. I tried to get the mods to move it, but so far they haven't done it.
    Enjoy your ding. Let me know when you find a source worth a crap.

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    Re: Soldier Says She Was Harassed Because of Muslim-sounding Name

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Enjoy your ding. Let me know when you find a source worth a crap.
    I hope to see you post with equal ahhh clarity when a right winger posts a WND/Breitbart sort of source...

    But it seems crap source has a lot to do with the lean of both the observer and the news source.

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