Sign the White House Petition to End Military Discrimination Against Non-Religious Soldiers: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/end-military%E2%80%99s-discrimination-against-non-religious-service-members/jcfr6fWt
You forced the White House to issue a response after 20,000 signatures were collected in support of the removal of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you!
Now it’s time to support the end of the U.S. military’s discrimination against non-religious service members.
According to the New York Times, “about 9,400 of the nation’s 1.4 million active-duty military personnel identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, making them a larger subpopulation than Jews, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists in the military.”
The petition, created on October 1, states:
The US military fails to provide Equal Opportunity for non-religious service members.
We are forced to participate in religious rituals during official ceremonies. This is not free exercise, this is forced exercise. Worship belongs in voluntary services, not in mandatory formations. This is unconstitutional establishment of an official preference for religion over non-religion.
We are forced to take an unconstitutional religious test for “Spiritual Fitness”. Those who fail the test are forced to take remedial training instructing them to go to church and pray. This proselytization by the US military is forced onto us against our will.
These policies create a hostile environment, division, and resentment within the military, destroying morale and threatening national security.
As of this writing, over 5,700 people have signed the petition. If a petition gets enough support by November 30, White House staff will review it, ensure that it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
Sign the petition now to show your support for non-religious service members by clicking here.
You can also view and sign other petitions including:
- Change the Motto of the United States of America to ‘E Pluribus Unum’
- Stop Federal Funding for the Boy Scouts of America
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