9/29/2011 – A Triumph for the Constitution at the US Air Force Academy

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MRFF Posts USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Schwartz’s Religious Freedom Edict on Billboard in Air Force Academy’s Backyard. The Next Day, Gen. Schwartz’s Memo is Sent to All USAFA Cadets.

A Message From MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein:

“Earlier this morning, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) was notified by many of its now 341 Air Force Academy clients, that the Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Richard Clark, had sent out to all members of the Academy’s Cadet Wing a cover letter (click here to read a PDF of Clark’s letter) emphasizing the import of Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz’s Sept. 1, 2011 watershed directive of ‘Religious Neutrality.’ Academy Commandant Clark’s cover letter had Gen. Schwartz’s letter appended thereto. This mass distribution by the Air Force Academy Commandant is a true victory for the Constitution. It is also a sad lesson to contemplate in that, but for MRFF’s plastering of Gen. Schwartz’s edict on a giant billboard in a busy area of Colorado Springs just the day before, Commandant Clark’s distribution of Gen. Schwartz’s directive would NEVER have happened.

“I am certain that the Air Force Academy will fall all over itself denying that the MRFF billboard had ANYTHING to do with this morning’s sudden mass distribution to the Cadet Wing of Gen. Schwartz’s ground-breaking ‘Religious Neutrality’ edict. If anyone is either naive or stupid enough to believe THAT ‘coincidence,’ then they would immediately be qualified to replace Academy Superintendent Michael Gould who, apparently, has STILL not yet distributed the Chief of Staff’s directive to either the thousands of airmen who comprise the Academy’s 10th Air Base Wing or the faculty at the Academy.

“We note, in closing, that it was NOT Lt. Gen. Gould himself who distributed Gen. Schwartz’s directive, and that the person who did distribute it, Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, dated his cover letter as ‘Sept. 19, 2011,’ some 10 days ago, even though it only went out today. Interesting mystery there? Maybe not. As recently as yesterday, the Academy was responding to press inquiries about the MRFF billboard by saying that the Academy didn’t have to distribute Gen. Schwartz’s memo because ‘it was never mandated’ to be done. Meanwhile, MRFF will enthusiastically celebrate this clear victory for our hundreds of Air Force Academy clients. We will await all other Academy personnel being likewise in swift receipt of Gen. Schwartz’s ‘Religious Neutrality’ edict. How much longer will Lt. Gen. Gould make them all wait? I don’t know, but right now I’m going to go have a celebratory beer because, as Sammy Davis, Jr. said, alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.”


HUFFINGTON POST – Air Force Academy Was Against Chief Of Staff’s Religious Neutrality Edict Before It Was For It

by Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

 Click to read this article at Huffington Post


Read more about  this major victory over anti-Constitutional forces at USAFA:

MILITARY TIMES “FLIGHTLINES” BLOG – READ THIS! MRFF Plants Billboard in Academy Back Yard

Click to read this article at Military Times

COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT – It’s a Sign!

Click to read this article at CSIndy.com

COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – Critic Claims Victory After Religion Memo Goes to Cadets

Click to read this article at Gazette.com



Click to read the original memo issued by General Schwartz

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