US: He’s accused of killing 13 people…
…and he’s concerned about his beard.
A US Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage has told a judge he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, not as a show of disrespect.
Major Nidal Hasan has spoken in court for the first time since showing up with a beard in violation of army regulations in June.
The judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, has threatened to have him forcibly shaved.
His lawyers argue that shaving would violate his religious freedoms.
“In the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim,” Hasan said. “I believe my religion requires me to wear a beard.”
Abstain from murdering innocent people, not so much. Sometimes religion just fucks up your priorities.