A woman claims that she was fired from an Air Force dental clinic after she was accused of witchcraft.
Deborah Schoenfeld, an Air Force contractor that worked at the Epes Dental Clinic in Fort Meade, Maryland, was fired on September 2. At the time of her dismissal, she was told her employment was terminated because she used profanity towards an undisclosed co-worker.
Schoenfeld claims that while she worked at the dental clinic, she was the victim of religious discrimination by her co-workers. In an interview, Schoenfeld said some co-workers called her satanic because she practiced yoga and meditated.
According to Schoenfeld, one of her co-workers told her that practicing yoga and meditation summoned demons.
Two of Schoenfeld’s former co-workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that some of the employees at the dental clinic are devout Christians that are suspicious of Hinduism. They said that one of the other employees once referred to Schoenfeld as a Hindu witch.
According to The Examiner, Schoenfeld has enlisted the help of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Michael Weinstein, the president of the MRFF, sent a letter to Air Force officials. In the letter, Weinstein called Schoenfeld’s treatment by the clinic “horrid.”
Weinstein’s letter also claimed that one of the dental clinic staff members celebrated Schoenfeld being replaced by a Catholic employee by saying: “It’s good to see we got an angel, since last time we had the devil.”
When reached for comment, Air Force spokesman Major Joel Harper said that the allegations were being investigated by the authorities. He also said, “The Air Force thoroughly reviews all instances in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedoms or accommodations.”
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