Air Force Academy Now Kinder to Non-Christians

For a while now, there’s been a climate of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. For example, non-Christians have been subject to proselytization from their commanding officers.

The AP reports that things have gotten much better over the past five years.

“This is the first time we feel positive about things there,” said Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which battled the academy in court over claims that evangelicals at the school were imposing their views on others.

The academy superintendent, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, says the improvements are the result of a topdown campaign to foster respect and a commitment to accommodate all cadets, even nonbelievers and an “Earth-centered” religious group that needed a place for a stone circle so it could worship outdoors.

Weinstein adds that after a couple years of 70+ complaints about the Academy, they’re currently down to fewer than 10.

This is good news for Air Force atheists and everyone who had to deal with Christians shoving their faith down everyone else’s throats. It’s not completely over, but it’s good to know the AFA is aware of the problem and they’ve been taking steps to fix their mistakes.

Even more telling is this quotation from Focus on the Family senior vice president of government and public policy Tom Minnery:

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The representative of the group that seems to support religious discrimination against non-Christians had nothing to say about the new climate at the AFA.

Fine by me. The less they say, the better off everyone else is.

  • TychaBrahe

    Tom Minnery’s quote?

  • Alan E.

    Yeah what did Tom say?

  • http://www.nullifidian.net/ nullifidian

    I’m guessing not very much.

  • noah

    Minnery said nothing. “The representative of the group that seems to support religious discrimination against non-Christians had NOTHING to say about the new climate at the AFA.” Geez.

  • http://chaoskeptic.blogspot.com Iason Ouabache

    Mikey Weinstein is a true American hero.

  • muggle

    Yay, Mikey Weinstein! Way to go!

    They seriously messed with the wrong dude’s son; now it’s a better place for everyone. And I’m betting Weinstein will keep it that way.

  • GenieO

    Things may be better at the AF Academy, but MRFF still has over 15,000 cases from across the military, including lots of complaints about activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mikey is doing a great job, but it hasn’t been without a hefty price for him and his family. I would encourage all to take a look at his website and think about a small donation. He really is an American Hero.

    http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

  • http://www.christianfighterpilot.com/blog JD

    This is good news for Air Force atheists and everyone who had to deal with Christians shoving their faith down everyone else’s throats.

    I must have missed the part where they said they restricted the actions of Christians. I thought the entire article was about the Academy going out of its way to accommodate minority faiths, not prevent Christians, or anyone else, from doing anything. In fact, the article notes that the AF dismissed such unfounded accusations:

    An Air Force task force concluded in 2005 there was no overt discrimination by evangelical Christians

    Religious support for minority faiths in the military is an excellent thing, and it was achieved by the military, despite claims of credit by outside organizations.


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