(Photo by Hyunsoo Leo Kim | The Virginian-Pilot)
File under "Progress"? After pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the U.S. military has agreed to discontinue the use of life-sized cut-outs that resemble Muslim women in hijabs at the new $11.5 million Navy SEAL training range in Fort Story, Virginia Beach.
"Using a Muslim woman wearing a religious head scarf with [verses from the] Quran behind her as a target for our nation’s military personnel is offensive and sends a negative and counterproductive message to trainees and to the Muslim-majority nations to which they may be deployed," CAIR National Director Nihad Awad wrote in a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. According to the Virginian-Pilot , a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, confirmed the targets would no longer be part of the "kill house": "We have removed this particular target and Arabic writing in question from the range in the near term, and will explore other options for future training."