Kansas Atheist Soldier Dropping Lawsuit

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ One of two atheist soldiers at Fort Riley who has sued the Department of Defense over alleged religious freedom violations is dropping his case.

The head of the Military Religious Freedom foundations says attorneys for Pfc. Jeremy Hall will file papers Friday in federal court in Kansas to end Hall's case, citing his plans to leave the Army next spring.

Hall and the foundation filed a lawsuit in September 2007. Hall claims a higher-ranking officer prevented him from holding a meeting while deployed in Iraq.

A second lawsuit was filed by another Fort Riley soldier last month. That soldier claims his rights were violated by being forced to listen to Christian prayers at mandatory formations.

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