“A senior ranking staff sergeant told me to leave and sit somewhere else because I refused to pray,” Hall, a 23-year-old US army specialist, told AFP.
Later, Hall was confronted by a major for holding an authorized meeting of “atheists and freethinkers” on his base. The officer threatened to discipline him and block his re-enlistment.“He said: ‘You guys are being a problem and problems can be removed,’” Hall said. “He was
yelling at us and stuff and at the very end he says, ‘I really love you guys, I want you to see the light.’”
Now Hall is suing the major and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, accusing them of breaching his constitutional rights.
A campaign group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is waiting for the Pentagon to respond to a lawsuit filed in a Kansas federal court on Hall’s behalf.
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