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Like hundreds of young men joining the Army in recent years, Jeremy Hall professes a desire to serve his country while it fights terrorism.
But the short and soft-spoken specialist is at the center of a legal controversy. He has filed a lawsuit alleging he's been harassed and his constitutional rights have been violated because he doesn't believe in God. The suit names Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
i honestly think this is just reprehensible and it's idiotic that this isn't getting more media attention. if this type of discrimination was being targeted at someone else, it would be...
Known as "the atheist guy," Hall has been called immoral, a devil worshipper and -- just as severe to some soldiers -- gay, none of which, he says, is true. Hall even drove fellow soldiers to church in Iraq and paused while they prayed before meals
It eventually came out in Iraq in 2007, when he was in a firefight. Hall was a gunner on a Humvee, which took several bullets in its protective shield. Afterward, his commander asked whether he believed in God, .
No one with Fort Riley, the Army or that Defense Department would comment about Hall or the lawsuit. Each issued statements saying that discrimination will not be tolerated regardless of race, religion or gender.
"It's just about time somebody said something."
Originally posted by wisefoolishness
So if this man had been Christian, or Buddhist, would this be any different?
No matter what your religion is, or lack thereof, you do not deserve to be discriminated against, whether it is your place to talk or not.