The U.S. Air Force Academy finds itself caught up in a scandal over athletes drinking, doing drugs and possibly committing rape, and Bryan Fischer knows exactly who is to blame: Mikey Weinstein. Why? Because he callously ripped Jesus from the school and robbed those poor kids of all their moral virtue.
The Air Force Academy was once the friendliest of all the military academies toward Christianity. With the approval of team captains, legendary coach Fisher DeBerry once hung a banner in the football team’s locker room which had the motto of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes emblazoned on it. It included, in part, the following: “I am a Christian first and last…I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.”
Players remember warmly the tradition of putting their arms around each other and reciting the Lord’s Prayer in unison before taking the field.
But it wasn’t long before atheist Mikey Weinstein filed a virulently anti-Christian lawsuit against DeBerry and the school, despite the fact that no evidence was produced that DeBerry ever discriminated against anyone based on his religious beliefs or made any effort to impose his religious beliefs on anyone.
No matter. It wasn’t long before the anti-Christ crusade of Weinstein and a run of subpar seasons led to DeBerry being run out of the academy in early 2007. When DeBerry left, he took his faith with him and the spirit of Christianity left the football team and the locker room along with him.
Now according to Fox News, the Academy is awash in scandal, centered around football players who are credibly accused of rape, drug use and cheating. DeBerry is forced out in 2007, and scandal rears its ugly head just three years later. Coincidence? I think not.
What happened here is no secret to those who know the Scriptures. Jesus said that his disciples, Fisher DeBerry included, are the “salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Salt was used in the first century to arrest the spread of decay and corruption. In the absence of refrigeration, it was the only way to preserve certain food products. When salt is removed, corruption sets in.
When the light of the world is removed, the world – including the locker rooms of football teams – is plunged into moral and spiritual darkness.
Bottom line: there is a solution to the Air Force Academy’s problems. Remove the cause – Mikey Weinstein and his atheistic trouble-making – and find another coach like Fisher DeBerry and turn him loose to bring the spirit of Christ back to the Academy.
I can flat out guarantee you that rapes will diminish, drug use will diminish, and cheating on tests will diminish. And the Academy will regain some of its lost luster. Your move, Air Force.
So what was to blame back in 2003 when a staggering 12% of female cadets were the victims of rape and 70% reported sexual harassment? Why didn’t that “spirit of Christ” that DeBerry had “turned loose” prevent it then? Mikey hadn’t even formed his organization or gotten involved in proselytizing at the Academy at the time. As always, Fischer’s claims do not match up with reality.