Government Seeks Dismissal of Soldier's Suit

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Government attorneys say a Fort Riley soldier and a foundation lack standing to sue the Pentagon over alleged violations of religious freedoms.

A Justice Department official filed a motion this week in federal district court in Kansas City, Kan., seeking dismissal of the lawsuit filed on behalf of Specialist Jeremy Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Hall is an atheist and alleges his rights were violated by a higher ranking officer in Iraq when he tried to hold a meeting with other atheists and freethinkers.

The government's motion claims Hall failed to exhaust military remedies to his complaints and that the military has ample policies to protect service members from religious discrimination.

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