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CBS News Sunday Morning 4/27/2008
ABC Good Morning America 4/27/2008
FOX News - Fox & Friends 4/28/2008
Soldier Sues Army,
Saying His Atheism Led to Threats
By NEELA BANERJEE
April 26, 2008
FORT RILEY, Kan. — When Specialist Jeremy Hall held a meeting last July for atheists and freethinkers at Camp Speicher in Iraq, he was excited, he said, to see an officer attending.
But minutes into the talk, the officer, Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, began to berate Specialist Hall and another soldier about atheism, Specialist Hall wrote in a sworn statement. “People like you are not holding up the Constitution and are going against what the founding fathers, who were Christians, wanted for America!” Major Welborn said, according to the statement.
Major Welborn told the soldiers he might bar them from re-enlistment and bring charges against them, according to the statement.
Atheist soldier claims harassment
April 26, 2008
Soldier Jeremy Hall says the pressure to believe
in God is so strong "I was ashamed to say that I
was an atheist."
JUNCTION CITY, Kansas (AP) -- Like hundreds of young men joining the Army in recent years, Jeremy Hall professes a desire to serve his country while it fights terrorism.
Soldier Jeremy Hall says the pressure to believe in God is so strong "I was ashamed to say that I was an atheist."
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.
"I'm not in it for cash," Hall said. "I want no one else to go what I went through."
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Religious freedom foundation
questions general's promotion
By John Milburn
May 2, 2008
TOPEKA, Kan. — The founder of a foundation that has sued the military alleging widespread violations of religious freedom has criticized the promotion of an Army general who was reprimanded last year for helping a Christian group produce a fundraising video.
US Military Coordinated Day of Prayer Events With Christian Right Group
by Jason Leopold
April 30, 2008
At least half-a-dozen active-duty military officials have been working closely with a task force headed by the far-right fundamentalist Christians planning religious events at military installations around the country to commemorate Thursday’s National Day of Prayer.
By STEPHEN HOLDEN
April 18, 2008
Author James Carroll
as seen in "CONSTANTINE’S SWORD,"
2007 documentary film directed by
Oren Jacoby based on the book
by James Carroll.
At the heart of Oren Jacoby’s screen adaptation of James Carroll’s book “Constantine’s Sword” lies a question to which each person of faith must his find own answer. When your core beliefs conflict with church doctrine, how far should your loyalty to the church extend? The same could be asked of loyalty to a government or a political party.