Thursday, May 09, 2013

Catholic Army Sergeant Claims Harassment Because Fellow-Soldiers Thought She Was Muslim

AP reported at length yesterday on the problems faced in the U.S. Army by Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan who is Catholic, but whose fellow-soldiers thought she was Muslim.  She was taunted so much by other soldiers that before deploying to Afghanistan last year, she changed her name to Naida Christian Nova. However this did not stop the anti-Muslim slurs and jokes directed at her. Nova is a multicultural Farsi linguist. She says that when she filed a formal complaint about her treatment in 2007, her commander removed her from her job and ordered her to take a mental health evaluation. Ultimately she was sent back from Afghanistan to Ft. Bragg and threatened with an involuntary termination of her military career for  "ineffective leadership." After a federal lawsuit was filed, the Army dropped all its disciplinary charges and Nova has re-enlisted.