Spc. Jeremy Hall filed a federal law suit against the United States Army alleging that the military prevented his promotion because of his atheism.
"Hall alleges he was denied his constitutional right to hold a meeting to
discuss atheism while he was deployed in Iraq with his military police unit. He
says in the new complaint that his promotion was blocked after the commander of
the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley sent an e-mail post-wide saying Hall
I know we've talked about this soldier before, but I think it's interesting that now the situation has progressed to denying him a promotion because he wanted to get a group together to talk about atheism. Call me crazy: but, I'd be willing to bet good money that any soldier who wanted to hold a Bible study wouldn't have to put up with this obvious load of crap.
"According to the lawsuit, Hall was counseled by his platoon sergeant after
being informed that his promotion was blocked. He says the sergeant explained
that Hall would be "unable to put aside his personal convictions and pray with
his troops" and would have trouble bonding with them if promoted to a leadership
So...wait a minute...Hall was denied a promotion because he was "unable to put aside his personal convictions" to pray, but the friggin' United States Army SERGEANT, a civil servant commanded to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, can't be expected to put aside HIS personal beliefs against atheists? And, beyond that... an atheist soldier is discouraged from a promotion because he doesn't want to pray while in the service of a government agency whose sole purpose is to protect the civil liberties of American citizens?!?!?!?! What the f***, Chuck? What kind of caca' would hit the fan if an officer of the armed forces told a Christian or Muslim or Jewish soldier that he/she was being denied a promotion because THEIR beliefs might interfere with bonding?
Hall responded that religion is not a requirement of leadership, even though
the sergeant wondered how he had rights if atheism wasn't a religion. Hall said
atheism is protected under the Army's chaplain's manual.
Is anyone else frightened by the fact that Hall's superior officer is being allowed to serve in any position of authority when he so clearly doesn't understand the rights of Americans?
"It is beyond despicable, indeed wholly unlawful, that the United States
Army is actively attempting to destroy the professional career of one of its
decorated young fighting soldiers, with two completed combat tours in Iraq,
simply because he had the rare courage to stand up for his constitutional
rights," Weinstein said in a statement.""
A-to-the-men. This reminds me of the don't ask, don't tell policy regarding sexuality. Ugh. Disgusting.