Chaplains hassle Jewish vet in Iowa

From Mikey Weinstein:
DesMoinesRegister.com
Friday May 11, 2007
Vet: Chaplains tried to convert me

The Orthodox Jew says he was repeatedly hassled during stays at the VA center in Iowa City.

By WILLIAM PETROSKI
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Navy veteran David Miller said that when he checked into the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, he didn’t realize he would get a hard sell for Christian fundamentalism along with treatment for his kidney stones.
He said he went hungry each time because the hospital wouldn’t serve him kosher food, and the staff refused to contact his rabbi, who could have brought him something to eat.
Miller, an Iowa City resident and former petty officer third class who spent four years in the Navy, outlined his complaints at a news conference in Des Moines on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an activist group based in Albuquerque, N.M.

He described the Iowa City facility as an institution permeated by government sponsorship of fundamentalist Christianity and unconstitutional discrimination against Jews.

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