Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Atheist Soldier Sues Army for Evangelizing Muslims

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation . . . with Spc. Dustin Chalker is suing Secretary Robert Gates over alleged violations of religious rights.

-- From "Attorneys for atheist soldier to amend lawsuit" Associated Press 12/16/08

Chalker, an atheist, claims he has been forced to attend mandatory military formations where Christian prayers are given.

The videos show soldiers and Christian missionaries talking about their faith and the desire to spread Christianity to Muslims. The video also shows the missionaries, who were embedded with units, handing out Dari language Bibles.

The video was from a Trinity Broadcasting Network program, “Travel the Road,” which features missionaries Will Decker and Tim Scott going to remote locations to spread Christianity. The video aired in April 2006 on TBN and was filmed in Afghanistan with members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

[The atheist's attorney] said such activities put the U.S. military in danger of attacks and gives credence to the belief in the Muslim community that the United States is on a crusade to spread Christianity.

The lawsuit cited examples of the military’s religious discrimination by fundamentalist Christians, including programs for soldiers, presentations by “anti-Muslim activists” and a “spiritual handbook” for soldiers endorsed by Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. Central Command.

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