This t-shirt was being sold at the BX at Fort Carson until yesterday.
Is this sentiment Islamophobic enough for you?
Believe it or not, this t-shirt was available in the PX on Fort Carson
until late yesterday or early today.
Only after Mikey Weinstein
with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
got involved was it removed from a store. The photo was taken on Monday. Maybe this t-shirt was made by the same folks who champion Ben Carson
for president. (Carson has taken heat for saying a muslim shouldn't be allowed to serve as president of the United States.) Carson and his supporters apparently think there should be a religious litmus test for those who hold public office, a direct contradiction of the U.S. Constitution.
In any event, MRFF, with more than 200 clients at Fort Carson, jumped on the issue and had to go up the chain of command to some human resources department before the PX would require it's removal, Weinstein says.
Weinstein, who's asking the Army Inspector General to investigate, issued this statement:
On behalf of its almost 43,000 armed forces active duty and veteran clients, which includes approximately 13.5% of all Muslim-Americans serving in the United States military, and its 224 clients stationed at Fort Carson, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) expresses unmitigated outrage that the Army leadership at Fort Carson permitted the selling of that virulently Islamophobic and disgusting T-Shirt at its official Post Exchange store. The juxtaposition of that shocking image and text message on that T-Shirt epitomizes the wretched plight of prejudice and bigotry which innocent Muslim-Americans all too often suffer whileso honorably serving in today’s service branches.
MRFF has provided substantial testimony to the United States Congress specifically on this sad matter on more than one occasion.
The fact that this matter happened at Fort Carson, a major military installation which has had so many of its soldiers killed and grievously wounded in the War on Terror, only miserably magnifies the malfeasance of permitting that “Shirt of Shame” to be sold at its Post Exchange.
MRFF demands that the Army Inspector General’s Office in Washington D.C. initiate an immediate and aggressive investigation of this sordid event and that all Fort Carson personnel who either directly or indirectly allowed this travesty to happen be appropriately and visibly punished.