Behold yet another crybully of a fraud, but one who was too clever for his own good.
Army approves Christian soldier’s request to wear long hair for religious reasons
“I just felt utterly compelled that this is what I was being called to do.”
By Haley Britzky, 30 July 2021
Um… that’s exactly the opposite of what Christianity teaches. Specifically, Apostle Paul discussing head coverings. While I have every confidence that God will forgive that mullet you grew in the 80s, dear reader, it was still a sin.
Almost two years after making his first request for a religious accommodation to grow his hair and beard out while in uniform, an Army sergeant has officially received the green light.
Sgt. Jacob DiPietro, a cargo specialist with the Florida Army Reserve’s 489th Transportation Company (Seaport Operations), was approved for a religious exemption to the Army hair standards this week.
DiPietro, who observes the Nazarite vow from the Old Testament in the Bible, first applied for the religious exemption in November 2019. The Bible explains that while someone is observing the Nazarite vow, “no razor may be used on their head.”
A Nazirite was a special, voluntary vow you could take in the Mosaic Law… NOT Christianity. While it’s (kinda) famous for its prohibition on grooming, it contains several other prohibitions that could make this situation VERY entertaining. Onward to Book of Numbers, Chapter 6!
“As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.” Say goodbye to alcohol, Sergeant DiPietro. Not even raisins!
“‘Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body.” That’s a bit problematic for a soldier. Did the Army realize they were exempting him from all combat duties? Did DiPietro realize it himself or did he just not care?
“Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially unclean on account of them.” No bereavement leave for you!
And last is best….
“‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite when the period of their dedication is over. They are to be brought to the entrance to the tent of meeting. There they are to present their offerings to the Lord: a year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a fellowship offering, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings, and a basket of bread made with the finest flour and without yeast—thick loaves with olive oil mixed in, and thin loaves brushed with olive oil.
DiPietro is now ORDERED BY GOD TO COMMIT ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN PUBLIC. His exemption didn’t say how long his so-called Nazirite vow lasts but at the end, he needs to find an Army chaplain to spill literal blood on a literal altar then set the poor thing on fire.
Sounds like bad ink in the personnel file to me. Then again, maybe the Army is kosher with animal sacrifice now.
DiPietro is one of the first known U.S. service members to receive a religious exemption from hair standards due to their Christian faith, although in recent years the various service branches have granted exemptions for Sikhs, Muslims, and even Norse pagans in the ranks.
Hello, carnivores! Heck, with Muslims in its ranks the Army might be okay with Christian sacrifices now. It’s legit Wahhabi!
No word yet on virgin sacrifices. *GQ glances at Mattress Girl.*
For years, DiPietro followed the Army standard. He joined the Army the same day he turned 18 years old in 2010, about seven years before the service allowed religious exemptions. At the time, he wasn’t observing the Nazarite vow like he is today; he just knew he wanted to be a soldier.
He’d known that much since he was in third grade when he saw the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, unfold on the television in real-time. His third grade teacher was in the Marine Corps Reserve and was quickly called away from teaching, DiPietro said. He never saw him again, but from that point on, he knew he wanted to serve.
“That seed was planted early in my life,” DiPietro said. “I knew what I was going to do.”
Two old ladies were lying in bed
One rolled over to the other and said
“I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
Live the life of guts and danger”
Guts and danger
DiPietro joined Junior ROTC in high school and enlisted into the Army after graduation as a Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialist. It wasn’t really what he wanted to do, he said, so he quickly moved into another job as a cargo specialist.
Aaaand reality. It made even warehouse work look good.
For the next several years, things were going well, until he returned home from a deployment to Kuwait in 2017 and began going through “a really dark time” in his personal life. He married a woman he’d been dating for years, but when she was pregnant with their first child, she left. He felt like his life was starting to crumble around him, so he decided to pray.
*moment of silence for a man who deserved better than that skank*
“I noticed that by praying, I found strength,” he explained. “By finding strength, I was able to keep fighting these personal battles of mine.”
He said his quality of life was improving; he enrolled in school to get a degree in business administration and is planning to finish his bachelor’s degree this week. His life had been changed, and in the spring of 2019, he prayed to ask God what he could do to “recognize what you have done in my life.”
“I want to show my love for you,” DiPietro recalled praying. “What can I do to do that?”
Why, he could DEMAND SPECIAL TREATMENT!!!
The answer came just days later. DiPietro, who was a specialist assigned to the 1186th Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion at the time, said he felt a need to read the book of Numbers in the Old Testament of the Bible, and in Numbers 6, he found the Nazarite vow.
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite … During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long,” the Bible says.
O.G. should maybe have kept reading.
“I said, ‘Oh, this is it,’” DiPietro recounted. “I just felt utterly compelled that this is what I was being called to do.”
So DiPietro threw himself into research, reading and re-reading every applicable Army regulation before he submitted his request. He said he researched for six months because he knew if he was wrong “on anything, down to the periods at the ends of the sentences, the Army was going to use that as a reason to deny my request.” He finally spoke to his unit chaplain about his decision in November 2019.
He provided the chaplain with a memo he drafted in which he requested his religious accommodation. His chaplain then passed it to the company commander and first sergeant, who DiPietro said were “amazing” and supported the request. They then passed it up to the battalion level, which is when things got difficult.
Given that DiPietro’s career peaked at the forklift, I’m angrier at the chaplain than him for this fraudulent Christianity. That was the time & place for the “you mean well but this is the wrong path” talk.
DiPietro said his request was kicked back down to him from the battalion level because it hadn’t been formatted correctly. He re-formatted and re-submitted the request in December.
The request languished “in limbo” for months at the battalion level, he said, until he received a memo in June from Brig. Gen. Stephen Rutner, commander of the Army Reserve deployment support command. Rutner said DiPietro’s request “to wear a beard and uncut hair” was being approved and noted that there was no “specific hazard identified” by allowing it.
“Based on Spc. DiPietro’s request, the interviews with chaplains…
Not one of whom knew that the Nazirite vow was part of the OLD Covenant…
…coordinating agencies, and the chain of command recommendations, it appears that his request is based on a sincerely held religious belief,” Rutner’s memo said. “Despite the OCCH’s position that this accommodation lacks a ‘religious basis’ and is not a required tenet of the soldier’s faith, there is every indication that this moral decision to adhere to the Nazarite vow is a large and important pillar to his spiritual health and well-being.”
There’s a lot of military life-stuff that a Christian should have exemption from. The clot-shot made from aborted baby tissue and being led by women come to mind quickly, to say nothing of playing preggo dress-up or other transsexual humiliations.
Some broken Joe in the warehouse doesn’t want to shave anymore and they called it Christianity.
By March 2021, DiPietro still hadn’t heard anything from the Army. He was getting tired of waiting, so he contacted his local congressional office and asked for their help. He asked chaplains he knew who worked in the Pentagon if they knew anyone who might be able to do something, to help him move his request forward.
I’m not actual military but from all that I’ve been told, violating chain of command to invoke your Congressman is a DO NOT EVER. And to save your beard, of all possible motivations?
And finally, on July 25, he saw a memo in his email inbox signed by Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, the head of Army personnel, approving his request.
While that battle was won, and DiPietro said he was “sincerely” thankful for everyone who “helped me and counseled me throughout this process.” The experience has made him rethink his future in the Army. He’d originally planned to stay in for a full 20 years, but the difficulty he had in getting an exemption for a religious vow he takes very seriously, and the harassment he experienced from other soldiers about his beard, have motivated him to leave the service at the end of his contract next year.
He’s a crybully. Suffering for doing good is THE central tenet of Christianity. Our symbol is the bloodsoaked Cross, for pity’s sake. He was “broken” by having to fight for special treatment to take a voluntary, obsolete vow? Bah!
It’s not hard to imagine what kind of harassment that was. “Dude, that’s not Christianity… whatever, man, you’re still out of uniform… what do you mean, you wrote your Congressman to tell the Joint Chiefs that you want to grow a beard?”
As for other soldiers who are serious about their religious obligations but are scared to ask for an exception to policy, DiPietro urged them to do their research beforehand. The only way you’ll be successful, he said, is if “you know the regulations better than the Army itself.”
“If you’re trying to fleece the system because you just don’t want to shave, or you just want to grow your hair out, I’m telling you now: It’s not gonna work.”
Certainly didn’t for him even though he got the signed permission slip.
Now buy yourself some sheep, DiPietro, then consecrate an altar and call that first chaplain who didn’t stop you when he had the chance. There’s the REST of your vow to keep.