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June 1st, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Fort Hood troubles for Muslim soldier

CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence is in Kileen, Texas, covering the trial of alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nadal Hassan. He filed this report on the troubles another Muslim soldier found on base.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Ali

    C.R. is the only one of this lot to hit the nail right on the head. The military *must* be secular. nicktheriot says Maj. Hassan's first oath is to Allah and then to his country; for any true Christian (which the bulk of the military claims to be), the same principle applies!! Your first and foremost priority must be to God, the rest fall in after that.

    To avoid these issues, the military has to secularize itself. Practice what you want, but prepare to face persecution from those who disagree and for the military officials to turn a blind eye. That's called life.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  2. C. R.

    Faith in the military is a difficult thing, made harder by the terms in which our current war is being framed. It is naturally going to give pause to a Muslim man fighting for America when he returns home to see the war framed as a Christian crusade against Islam. Reverse the situation. Say that America was invading a very Christian nation and that war was framed in the context of a "free the Christians from their oppressive religion and bring them to the light of _____". Bear in mind that these concerns are being raised by people who feel that the traditions of the military are skewing too far towards a particular religious angle. This is wrong. Our government is secular and so too must our military be. Representation in the way of chaplains and strict discipline where discrimination is exhibited should be the norm not an assumption of Christianity and a lack of respect or understanding among the rank and file. And stop framing the war in a religious context. It isn't about who worships who or how. What it is about is a lot more hazy and undefined.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  3. monika

    Please dont any more time and taxpayer money on this evil person. tghe media hype isw making him a hero to the terrorists.....so just eliminate him.

    June 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  4. Fayrouz

    Fritz Weiss Nichts: Nice name, cause you really don't know anything, do you? It is possible to be a Muslim, love your country, and fight for your country. Many Muslims love the United States and celebrate the 4th of July. It is not Muslims that have a problem in the military, it is others that are bigoted. Initially, anyone of any religion that does not agree with what the military is doing shouldn't join in the first place (you are correct with that point). Muslims aren't the enemy. Those that want to destroy America are the enemy. This soldier simply wants respect. Isn't that what the military claims to teach in its commercials?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  5. Fritz Weiss Nichts

    I think muslims should not be allowed to be part of the military, does not make any sense, we are fighting against those who are our enemies and they are part of our army. If he is not happy with the military, leave, this is the best thing to do it. If you are a Christian and go to Saudi Arabia our UEA you need to obey the local muslims laws. If he is in America, he should respect all the others which are not muslims.

    The American army is not a place for muslims, definitely....

    June 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  6. pinkdot84

    Reality – that solution = unrealistic. Fail for you.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  7. jeff

    Say no to religion, it's our only hope.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  8. jeff

    Say no to religion, it's are only hope.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  9. Larry

    They can build 1 mosque for Shiites,1 for Sunnis,1for Kurds...and if "Don't ask,don't tell" is lifted,Muslims can be assigned to "Sharia law only" units...

    June 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  10. Chris

    Instead of suing, this soldier should take the initiative and see about starting Islamic services on the post. Perhaps there is a future for him in there that could raise awareness and whatnot on Ft. Hood. Or he can sue and the Army gives him a general discharge and a large check. =\

    June 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  11. brad

    That pretty wingie thing Gabriel is the same Gabriel from the Christian bible. Its all stupid.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • Reality

      Today we would classify angels as fairies and "tinker bells". Modern devils are classified as the demons of the demented.

      June 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  12. Reality

    The simple solution for this soldier: realize the koran is based on the revelations of a mythical "pretty wingie thingie" named Gabriel and become a secularist with no ties to these myths and the horror of Islamic terror.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • rlysmart

      Oh come on now, no reason to be disrespectful to the muslims. If you're going to disrespect one religion you might as well disrespect them all. They're all fake.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
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