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WATCH: PBS Amplifies HuffPost Probe of Military Atheists

Posted: 04/23/2012 12:41 pm

The weekend saw a rare TV report airing complaints that atheists serving in the military claim about official discrimination against them. It was carried in the perhaps unlikely setting of PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," often considered to be a media venue for believers.

Being found 'unfit' in this area can lead, atheists in uniform claim, to the denial of promotions and blocked entry into elite units and training programs.

See the report, as narrated by R&E NW correspondent Lucky Severson.

Watch Godless Chaplains on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Full disclosure: I produced the TV report, and it develops issues raised in a recent Huffington Post article of mine. We focused in some detail on the way the Army's universally applied "Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Test" can appear to downgrade atheists, in a controversial area of the test labeled "Spiritual Fitness."

 

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