Anti-proselytizing lawsuit against the US Air Force
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Fri Oct 14 15:09:46 PDT 2005
I just got a copy of the Complaint in this lawsuit (Weinstein v.
U.S. Air Force), and here's the claim for relief:
26. Plaintiff is entitled to the permanent injunctive relief that
the USAF, Defendant Geren and its senior leadership adopt and adhere to
the following policies:
a. No member of the USAF, including a chaplain, is permitted to
evangelize, proselytize, or in any related way attempt to involuntarily
convert, pressure, exhort or persuade a fellow member of the USAF to
accept their own religious beliefs while on duty.
b. The USAF is not permitted to establish or advance any one
religion over another religion or one religion over no religion.
Could paragraph (a) possibly be a legitimate demand? Could it
really be that the First Amendment bars individual USAF members from
trying to "involuntarily . . . persuade" fellow servicemembers -- not
just subordinates, but also peers -- "to accept their own religious
beliefs," even "while on duty"?
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