The Air Force is Pagan-Friendly? Who Knew?

Cara Schulz of PNC-Minnesota has published the second part of her report on Pagans and the US Air Force, and some of the quotes are quite surprising:

“You don’t have to be scared about sharing your religion or think you need to stay in the broom closet about it,” Cadet Johnson says. “People are very understanding. We have officers in charge of us who are very understanding, the Chaplains are very understanding so it’s very easy to be a Pagan at the Air Force Academy.”

Major Ihme wants Pagans considering applying to the Air Force Academy to feel reassured, You don’t have to be nervous or afraid because every belief system is OK at the Academy. We will back you up.

In a message to the San Antonio Military Open Circle Yahoo group, Rev. Oringderff said he was impressed by the emphasis on ways to promote respect, not merely religious tolerance. He quoted Chaplain Brantingham remarks during the opening of the conference, I don’t want to be tolerated; I want to be respected—and everyone else is entitled to that same right.

Read the whole fantastic post at PNC-Minnesota, and if you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can find it here.

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