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The atheist group behind “Ask an Atheist” days at the Air Force Academy is not violating any rules and will be allowed to maintain display tables and offer information to whoever wants it, academy officials announced Wednesday.
The group sponsoring “Ask an Atheist” is the Freethinkers Club, an authorized cadet club; the event is the club’s annual information fair.
Academy officials said service policies do not limit events such as the one held by the Freethinkers Club because the Air Force does not limit the substance of voluntary discussions or the exercise of free expression.
The school’s announcement came after seven academy cadets, faculty, and staff members contacted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to complain about the Freethinkers Club “Ask an Atheist” days. Mikey Weinstein, founder of the MRFF, said the seven — six of whom are practicing Christians — said the complaint is valid.
“Replace ‘Ask an Atheist’ with ‘Ask a Christian,’ ‘Ask a Jew,” or “Ask a Muslim’ and the problem is obvious,” Weinstein said on Wednesday.