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The Associated Press: Atheist Soldier Says Army Punished Him

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A soldier claimed Wednesday that his promotion was blocked because he had claimed in a lawsuit that the Army was violating his right to be an atheist.

According to the lawsuit, Hall was counseled by his platoon sergeant after being informed that his promotion was blocked. He says the sergeant explained that Hall would be “unable to put aside his personal convictions and pray with his troops” and would have trouble bonding with them if promoted to a leadership position.

“We’re not going to dictate which religion he picks. That would be unamerican,” the anonymous sergeant said. “But he’s got to pick one. Hell, flip a coin. How hard is that?”

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