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Monday, 15 September 2008

Spc. Jeremy Hall Receives Death Threat

MRFF has a recording that Spc. Jeremy Hall has received over his cell phone. Jeremy Hall is the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit who is suing the Department of Defense for religious discrimination after he had a promotion denied explicitly because of his atheism. This message was left on his cellphone.

The Army post in Kansas said it is investigating a message left on Spc. Jeremy Hall's cell phone. Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, based in Albuquerque, N.M., have a lawsuit pending in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., with the Defense Department and Secretary Robert Gates among the defendants. Foundation President Mikey Weinstein provided a transcript of the message left for Hall early Saturday. The message is laced with obscenities and a racial slur commonly directed at African-Americans, though Hall is white. In it, the caller promises to slit Hall's throat and drink his blood. The caller also promises to sexually assault Hall's wife and mother.

Hall serves in a military police company at Fort Riley, and Weinstein said it's "highly probable" the caller was a fellow soldier. Weinstein said he notified Hall's company commander and battalion commander's office and wants the caller found - and court-martialed.

"We have the phone number this death threat came from and the actual voice recording," Weinstein said. "Even Inspector Clouseau would be able to nab this felon. How hard can this really be?"

MRFF also has updates to the lawsuit and church-state violations by various military officers and units here. I also have previously detailed Jeremy Hall's story here, here, and here.

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