Jason Leopold has a continuing series on the effects of religious coercion in the military. As you may recall, a soldier named Jeremy Hall is part of the lawsuit that MRFF has filed against the Pentagon and against the Secretary of Defense. He is the young soldier who was harassed and threatened by his commanding officer.
An Army specialist stationed in Iraq said he has been repeatedly threatened by other US soldiers after word spread that he sued the secretary of defense and an Army major this week for allegedly retaliating against the soldier when he convened a meeting of atheists, according to the founder of a military watchdog organization that filed the lawsuit on behalf of the soldier and has been in close contact with him since then.
Jeremy Hall, 22, who is based out of Fort Riley, Kansas, is deployed in Iraq. The email said a fellow soldier has threatened to “beat his ass,” called him an “atheist ass pirate” and “a faggot” and enlisted a “lynch mob” of other soldiers to intimidate Hall because of the allegations Hall made against the military in a lawsuit Weinstein’s foundation and Hall filed Monday in US District Court in Kansas City.
Weinstein said he has been in contact with supporters of his foundation who have reported the posting of messages on military and civilian-based blogs, such as military.com, apparently threatening Hall with “fragging,” a term used by the military in which an unpopular soldier could be killed by intentional friendly fire during combat.
“Mikey, I hope I am not a victim of a hate crime while I sleep tonight,” Hall wrote in an email to Weinstein Thursday evening. “I do not want to die for my country this way. [The soldier] is threatening to beat my ass and all sorts of things. I may be harmed or worse. I am afraid for my safety. I can’t sleep, man…. I just lay in my bunk for two hours and I couldn’t sleep.”
Well it looks like the religious kooks are at it again. Apparently Hall is receiving death threats both in person and by email. Looks like some religious people are feeling defensive and threatened. I don’t understand this. If you really believe something and think it is true, why would you feel threatened if someone thinks something different?
Why do some religious people think that threatening someone will win them over? Yeah, I really want to hang around with someone who would treat me in such a manner.