CNN Segment Convinces Majority of Non-Christians that Army Discriminates

The Wall Street Journal

July 10, 2008 – Jeremy Hall, a 23-year-old U.S. soldier is suing the Department of Defense for allegedly discriminating against him because of his religious beliefs. Army Spc. Jeremy Hall, raised as a Baptist, claims that he lost his Christian faith while serving two tours of duty in Iraq and that subsequently his atheist beliefs caused him to be denied promotions in the Army and to have his life threatened by other troops according to an interview Hall had with CNN. The military assigned a bodyguard to protect him and returned him stateside.

Hall asserts that there is a pattern of discrimination against non-Christians in the military. CNN said Hall filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Defense in March, claiming his rights to religious freedom under the First Amendment were violated. Michael Weinstein, a retired senior Air Force officer and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is joining in the lawsuit with Hall. Weinstein claims that he has been contacted by more than 8,000 members of the military and many of them complaining about pressure to embrace evangelical Christianity.

Mediacurves, a Service of HCD Research studied over 200 Christians and over 100 hundred non-Christians to determine the impact of CNN’s segment on the issue.

While viewing the CNN segment, participants indicated their levels of believability by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. To view believability curves and detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.

Among the study findings:

“Should US Army soldiers be required to pray with their fellow troops regardless of their religious beliefs?”

 

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VideoChristian  YesNo24%76%16%84%Non Christian  YesNo16%84%10%90%


“Do you believe atheists should be in leadership positions in the military?”

 

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VideoChristian  YesNo50%50%59%41%Non Christian  YesNo82%18%86%14%


“Do you believe that the US Army discriminates against non-Christians?”

 

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VideoChristian  YesNo13%87%46%54%Non Christian  YesNo37%63%75%25%


“Do you believe that there is pressure to embrace Evangelical Christianity in the US Military?”

 

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VideoChristian  YesNo24%76%49%51%Non Christian  YesNo44%56%79%21%


“Do you agree with Army Specialist Jeremy Hall’s decision to bring a lawsuit against the US Department of Defense?”

 

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VideoChristian YesNo53%47%Non Christian YesNo84%16%

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