United States Army Specialist Jeremy Hall, who has served in Iraq and is currently serving at Fort Riley Kansas in a Military Police unit, is an atheist. An Associated Press story today by John Milburn reports that Hall 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.
Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation have taken on his case. These are the folks who addresses the issues of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, where there was/is pressure to be an evangelical/fundamentalist Christian. NPR’s Morning Edition reported on this as far back as May 2005.
Not to get into a conspiracy theory mindset but, it’s a growing concern that if a Dominionist Christianity is to take a real foothold in the United States, one of the places people with these beliefs will want to have a strong presence is in the military. A theocracy needs a strong arm.
It’s a good thing to see more liberal religious Military Chaplains, such as the intern who followed me at church where I did my internship and David Pyle at Celestial Lands (I highly recommend his post/sermon of April 5) and the folks at UU’s in the Military.