Lawyers for atheist soldier to amend lawsuit

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Dec 15, 2008 14:16:06 EST

TOPEKA, Kan. — Attorneys for an atheist soldier at Fort Riley will amend their lawsuit against the Defense Department to include new allegations about evangelizing in combat.

The evidence is in videos discovered by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The group and Spc. Dustin Chalker are suing Defense Secretary Robert Gates over alleged violations of religious rights.

Chalker is an atheist who claims he has been forced to attend mandatory military formations where Christian prayers are given.

The videos show soldiers and Christian missionaries talking about their faith and the desire to spread Christianity to Muslims. The video also shows the missionaries, who were embedded with units, handing out Dari-language Bibles.

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