>This young man tells of history of his suit against the Army, saying his atheism led to threats.
Last month, Specialist Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, filed suit in federal court in Kansas, alleging that Specialist Hall’s right to be free from state endorsement of religion under the First Amendment had been violated and that he had faced retaliation for his views. In November, he was sent home early from Iraq because of threats from fellow soldiers.
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As an agnostic, I can tell you that people look at you differently once they realize that you are not a Christian (at least here in the South). As for the Armed Forces, I cannot attest to that because I have no experience in the military.
However, this young man’s story is troubling because an institution of our country is alleged to have promoted one religion over the other and to have violated his basic constitutional rights, which is a clear violation of this country’s laws.
This sentence in the article sticks out to me the most:
Another sergeant allegedly told Specialist Hall that as an atheist, he was not entitled to religious freedom because he had no religion.
Any constitutional scholar will tell you that the Constitution not only protects people’s rights to practice whatever religion they choose, but it also protects individuals’ rights to be free from religion.
Unfortunately, with the rise of Christian evangelicals and their ideology’s influence in our judicial and political system, I’m skeptical to say that this young specialist will have a legal victory.
What do you think?