This story posted today over at Military.com. A soldier was beaten unconscious after he complained about religious discrimination at Ft. Benning in Savannah, GA. According to the AP, Pvt. Michael Handman was beaten unconscious fter he complained of harassment by other soldiers and a sergeant.
Pvt. Michael Handman of Atlanta says another soldier punched him in the head and knocked him unconscious in an unprovoked attack Sept. 24. He was treated for a concussion.
Handman wrote to his parents before the attack that he was being discriminated against. He said one sergeant used an anti-Semitic slur and another ordered him to remove his yarmukle (YAH’-muh-kah) in a dining hall.
This is what happens when religious discrimination is allowed in the military services. If soldiers see that they can pick on and harass others, then some will do so. I see this environment as a lack of command authority by whoever is running the base and the basic training program. Letting soldiers pick on and beat another soldier is disgraceful. Those who attacked this private should be immediately dishonorably discharged. How can you run a military organization if service members are attacking each other? What is wrong with the leadership? It says in the article that a soldier is being questioned regarding the beating. Hopefully some action will be taken.
I’ve covered hate groups in the military before. Here are a few links:
New York Times – Hate Groups Infiltrating the Military
Southern Poverty Law Center – A Few Bad Men
NBC News – White-Power Groups Recruiting From Military
Air University – Terrorist and Insurgent Organizations – Domestic Groups