Attorneys For Atheist Soldier to Amend Lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Attorneys for an atheist soldier say they'll
amend their lawsuit against the Department of Defense to include
new allegations about evangelizing in combat.

The evidence is in a video discovered by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which along with Specialist Dustin Chalker is suing Secretary Robert Gates.

Chalker claims he was forced to attend military formations where Christian prayers were said.

The video -- from the Trinity Broadcasting Network program "Travel the Road" -- showed Christian missionaries talking with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan about their faith and their desire to spread Christianity to Muslims. The video also shows the missionaries handing out Dari language Bibles.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Central Command says the military prohibits troops from distributing religious materials or proselytizing while in combat.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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