Soldier Jeremy Hall is the atheist in the foxhole that everyone says does not exist. Perhaps for that reason, some people seem quite upset to find him there – debunking the idea that belief in God is a prerequisite for being a good soldier. Hale, 23, is now suing Defense Secretary Roberts Gates over what he claims is harassment and discrimination over his non-religious views.
Hall says that he has been called a devil worshipper and an assortment of other names (my favorite is “gay” in the juvenile view of many for anyone who is not like them).
Ironically, Hall did not start to question the existence of God until he joined the argument, turning away from his Protestant upbringing.
Hall’s account, if true, indicates that even senior officers are not just prejudiced against atheists but act like certifiable morons. In 2007, Hall’s protective shield took hits as he defended his Humvee in a firefight. His commander confronted him with the bullet holes as proof that God must exist and asked if he now accepted God. Hall responded “no, but I believe in Plexigas.”
Hall identified, Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, as one of the most intolerant officers, blocking a meeting of atheists in Iraq. Welborn denies the charges.
After his lawsuit was filed, the Army said that it could not protect him from the hostility of the other soldiers and pulled him back to Fort Riley.
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