Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Litigious, Religious... Uhh, Foxhole Atheist

Following up on a previous post, the American Department of Defense has been slapped with a lawsuit. According to the Associated Press :

A soldier whose superior prevented him from holding a meeting for atheists and other non-Christians is suing the Defense Department, claiming it violated his right to religious freedom.

According to the filing, Spec. Jeremy Hall, a soldier assigned to Fort Riley's 97th Military Police Battalion, received permission to distribute fliers around his base in Iraq for a meeting of atheists and non-Christians. When he tried to convene the meeting, Hall claims, Welborne stepped in, threatening to file military charges against Hall and block his reenlistment.

The lawsuit claims Hall was forced to "submit to a religious test as a qualification to his post as a soldier."

It should also be noted the lawsuit was filed on September 17, precisely 220 years after the signing of the American Constitution.


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