Thursday, February 14, 2008

US military accused of harboring fundamentalism . . . again

Here is yet another news story about fundies in the military who will stop at nothing to transform the United States military into an army of God.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Since his last combat deployment in Iraq, Jeremy Hall has had a rough time, getting shoved and threatened by his fellow soldiers. The trouble started there when he would not pray in the mess hall.

“A senior ranking staff sergeant told me to leave and sit somewhere else because I refused to pray,” Hall, a 23-year-old US army specialist, told AFP.

Later, Hall was confronted by a major for holding an authorized meeting of “atheists and freethinkers” on his base. The officer threatened to discipline him and block his re-enlistment.

“He said: ‘You guys are being a problem and problems can be removed,’” Hall said. “He was yelling at us and stuff and at the very end he says, ‘I really love you guys, I want you to see the light.’”

Now Hall is suing the major and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, accusing them of breaching his constitutional rights. A campaign group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is waiting for the Pentagon to respond to a lawsuit filed in a Kansas federal court on Hall’s behalf.

3 comments:

Spirula said...

I taught college courses in a town who's main "industry" was a Marine air station. A lot of the military types are hard-core conservative Christians and would try to give me flack when I taught the Evolution portion of the course. Nothing worse than a self-righteous jar-head...well, maybe a cracker with a wad of cash and a bottle of Jack.

(I must add, a larger number were really nice down to earth and amiable people who I got along with very well.)

I guess they take all types but the "screamers" get all the press.

Anyway, we atheists finally have our own revealed truth. Praise The Singularity!

tina said...

Ohhh..I love toast!

Jeremy Hall had a friend who used to comment on blogs that posted his story. I hope everyone comes to his defense.

Greg said...

Amazing how these Xtians complain about non-existent persecution, but then proceed to persecute others that don't share their beliefs.

Interesting though - you can get kicked out of the army if you continue to proclaim your unbelief in an imaginary gawd being? Would that that information would get to the soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan that are even now contemplating suicide cause they can't take the shit they are going through over there.