Hindu dentist was branded a ‘witch’

Hindu dentist was branded a ‘witch’

Whilst working as a contractor at a ‘devoutly Christian’ US Air Force dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, Deborah Schoenfeld, above, was allegedly branded a ‘witch’ and subjected to harassment over her Hindu faith – and was then sacked after she complained.

According to Air Force Times, two of her former co-workers – speaking on condition of anonymity – confirmed Schoenfeld’s account and said that other employees at the clinic were devoutly Christian and deeply suspicious of Hinduism. One of them confirmed that she was referred to as a “Hindu witch”.

Schoenfeld said that one co-worker prayed for her to find Jesus, told her that meditation summons demons and that:

All the soldiers who are doing meditation and yoga to help their PTSD, they are getting infected also.

When her requests for help through the chain of command went nowhere, she filed a formal complaint on September 2. That day, she was fired for allegedly using profanity against a co-worker, although she was not allowed to know who had accused her of doing so, she said.

Schoenfeld, who wishes to return to her job, turned to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which sent a letter to the commander of  what The Daily Kos called “this modern day Salem”.

The letter from Michael L “Mikey” Weinstein, Founder and President of the MRFF  was addressed to Clinical Dentistry Flight Commander Dennis Holt and begins:

Got witches?

Are you and your staff quite out of your Constitutionally derelict minds?

It has been brought to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), that an incredibly volatile, hostile and toxic evangelical Christian work environment under your direct command has resulted in the pernicious harassment, disenfranchisement, and firing of a once valued member of your team, Ms Deborah Schoenfeld.

We are writing you today in order to inform you that we will be immediately providing aggressive advocacy services for Ms Schoenfeld as a MRFF client pursuant to her resolute quest to obtain a just resolution to her shocking complaints which have now been officially filed through the appropriate military Equal Employment Opportunity (EO) channels.

For the record, Ms Schoenfeld practices the Hindu religion and has interest in Wiccan practices.

The Air Force District of Washington has received Weinstein’s letter and is looking into the allegations raised, said spokesman Major Joel Harper.

The Air Force thoroughly reviews all instances in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedoms or accommodations. Mutual respect is an essential part of the Air Force culture. Supporting the right of free exercise of religion relates directly to the Air Force core values and the ability to  maintain an effective team.

9 responses to “Hindu dentist was branded a ‘witch’”

  1. L.Long says:

    The STUPID of religion reigns supreme!!!!!
    Unless you are dim enough to believe in a lot of gawd type BS!

  2. Ex Patriot says:

    how damn stupid can some people be. Seems as though the stupid bug has bitten the xians right in the ass an there is no cure idocity

  3. dennis says:

    oh they can be stupider, go talk to a born again xtian.

  4. Lurker111 says:

    “oh they can be stupider, go talk to a born again xtian”

    No thanks. I’d rather talk to a snake. Oh wait —

  5. Stuart H. says:

    I hope the duties of her accusers are limited to fixing the teeth of military bods. Folk ultimately responsible for the aircraft that are supposed to deal with threats like ISIS with Disney cartoon ideas about witchcraft is a little worrying.

  6. Laura Roberts says:

    The U.S. military is massively infected with the religion virus, and no branch more so than the Air Force, in Colorado Springs (Focus on the Family, anyone?). The MRFF does some amazing work. Mikey Weinstein is a serious badass. We are extremely fortunate to have him on our side, especially considering that he doesn’t identify as an atheist (when last I checked).

  7. John the Drunkard says:

    Weinstein has been kept very busy with the Air Force. The infiltration of the American military by VERY weird, dominionist fundagelicals is a direct threat to national security.

    Do you want commanders of nuclear-equipped units to be blindly accepting apocalyptic claims from illiterate snake-handlers? It’s already happening!

  8. Club Secretary says:

    “The Air Force thoroughly reviews all instances in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedoms or accommodations.”

    Just as long as they are Christians.