I'm sure this isn't new news, but here's an update on Spc. Jeremy Hall.
Hall filed a lawsuit against defense Secretary Robert Gates and his commanding officer because the latter tried to block Hall from gathering atheists together for discussion in Iraq. The bastard went so far as to try and block Hall's re-enlistment, citing that Hall's actions were potentially volatile and divisive. The lawsuit also suggests that Robert Gates allows a military in which Christianity is promoted.
In response to Hall's lawsuit, a Pentagon spokesperson said, "... the military does value and respect religious freedoms, but that accommodating religious practices should not interfere with unit cohesion, readiness, standards or discipline."
Um. HUH!?! How would a gathering of atheists be any more interference than a Sunday morning prayer gathering? Basically, this Pentagon prick is saying, "don't rock the boat" and "shun individualism and freedom for the sake of placating the Christians." No fucking way! It pisses me off to know that our military has been placed in another country, under the guise of bringing freedom and democracy to a theocracy...yet, our soldiers don't have the freedom to gather and discuss their atheism should they choose to.
The article states that Hall has been the victim of, what looks like, hazing-like activities and fears for his life. "I hope I am not the victim of a hate crime while I sleep tonight. I do not want to die for my country this way," wrote Hall, who said a non-commissioned officer was threatening to beat him. "I'm doing my best right now. But I am still afraid that I might be harmed or worse."" Again...who, exactly, are the uncivilized, theocratic assholes? Because, from this vantage point, that line is pretty damn cloudy.
Of course, this action (the lawsuit) has drawn criticism and outrage by rednecks across the nation who lob such idiotic responses such as, "Well,...shhhheeeeeeet'...how can he claim religious freedom if'n he don't gots no religion?" And, in a stunning twist of irony, things like "You're unpatriotic and shit." Who is putting his life on the line again? OH YEAH - the ATHEIST IN A FOX HOLE.
Why do I feel like we're just one republican candidate away from an internal jihad?