by Jonn Lilyea @ This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » Your weekly update on Hasan’s beard Fox News reports that the appeals court in Fort Belvoir has decided that the court can forcibly shave murderous jihadist Nidal Hasan. The court also ruled that Col. Gregory Gross, the trial judge, properly found that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not give Hasan the right to have a beard while in uniform at trial. The court specifically upheld Gross previous ruling that Hasan did not prove his beard was an expression of a sincerely held religious belief. The appeals court said that even if Hasan did grow a beard for a sincere religious reason, compelling government interests justified Gross order requiring Hasan to comply with Army grooming standards. The appeals court also upheld previous contempt of court findings against Hasan. Starting in June, he showed up to court for pretrial hearings with a beard six times, and was fined $1,000 for each instance. Hasans attorneys have said they will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which means Hasans court-martial remains on hold. Well, good on the appeals court, now if only the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces would refuse to hear the case so we can get on with this thing and start building the gallows.