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Military chaplain OK as Christian, not as Jew, says complaint

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A military chaplain honored for his work while representing a Christian church group has been rejected following his transition to Judaism. This, according to a letter from the First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization, which asks the military to remedy the discrimination faced by Air Force Chaplain Jeff Montanari.
The letter was dispatched to Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin, chief of chaplains for the Air Force, Brig. Gen. Steven Chisolm of the Air National Guard, Col. Randy Marshall of the Air Force Reserve Command and Col. Charlie Sattgast of the Civil Air Patrol.
It charges that Montanari was a “decorated Air Force officer and chaplain” with multiple honors and commendations, but when he expressed his plan to convert to Orthodox Judaism “experienced multiple acts of unlawful discrimination.”
“Superiors demeaned his character, refused to grant him a religious accommodation, segregated him from the rest of the chaplain staff, and excluded him

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