Nothing like the combination of religion and weapons to make you worry, is there? Seems to be pretty common in the US lately. Just about every week, I read something about Christians in the US military using their rank to intimidate people under their command. This is not just illegal, it’s a disgusting misuse of power. But some unbelievers are fighting back–and in Kansas of all places!
This story has been on MSNBC:
TOPEKA, Kan. – A soldier claimed Wednesday that his promotion was blocked because he had claimed in a lawsuit that the Army was violating his right to be an atheist.
Attorneys for Spc. Jeremy Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation refiled the federal lawsuit Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan., and added a complaint alleging that the blocked promotion was in response to the legal action.
Don’t miss the comments.
Believe it or not, Fox News is reporting on this too:
The lawsuit also alleges that Gates permits a military culture in which officers are encouraged to pressure soldiers to adopt and espouse fundamentalist Christian beliefs, and in which activities by Christian organizations are sanctioned.
It also says the military permits proselytizing by soldiers, tolerates anti-Semitism and the placing of religious symbols on military equipment, and allows the use of military e-mail accounts to send religious statements.