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Court upholds Sikh’s right to facial hair, turban in ROTC

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

June 15, 2015, Religion News Service

“All this Sikh student wants to do is to serve his country,” said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which supported the student’s case. “The military cannot issue uniform exemptions for secular reasons but then refuse to issue them for religious reasons. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was written and passed nearly unanimously by Congress precisely to protect the rights of individuals such as Mr. Singh.”