US Army Committed to Religious Tolerance: General

November 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AFP

The US Army said Friday it is committed to treating all its soldiers with respect without regard to their religious identity, amid concern about a possible backlash after a Muslim officer was said to have opened fire at a military base.

"We always have a deep and enduring concern that everybody be treated with dignity and respect," army spokesman General Kevin Bergner told reporters.

"We spend a lot of time on that specific issue, whether it's ethnic, religious, racial (identity)," he said.

"That is an enduring and sustained part of our commitment for our soldiers, civilians and our families."

He said he did not have any details yet about how the military would seek to promote tolerance and contain possible tensions in the wake of Thursday's rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, which left 13 dead and 30 others wounded.

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