Watchdog Group Challenges US Military Over Religious Freedom

December 10, 2007

Author: Mike O'Sullivan

Source: Voice of America

The U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom and prevents government support of religion. The provisions apply to those in the military, as well as civilians. Mike O'Sullivan reports, an organization led by a former military lawyer has challenged the Pentagon over religious issues.

Mikey Weinstein, a former Air Force Judge Advocate, or legal officer, and one -time lawyer in the Reagan White House, heads a watchdog group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He helped file a lawsuit in September alleging that a soldier stationed in Iraq was prevented from holding a meeting for atheists and other non-Christians.