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MRFF PRESS RELEASE – MRFF Demands That USAFA Rescind Former Lt. McClary’s Invitation to Speak at Academy’s National Prayer Luncheon

Published On: January 20, 2011|Categories: News|6 Comments|


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ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has demanded that the United States Air Force Academy rescind their invitation to former Marine Lt. Clebe McClary to speak at the Academy’s upcoming National Prayer Luncheon. “Egregiously sectarian statements like [those] from former Lt. McClary blatantly exclude not only non-Christians, but also the many Christians who do not subscribe to a particularly fundamentalist view of Christianity,” said Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, President and Founder of MRFF. MRFF’s letter, linked below, closes by demanding that the Air Force Academy “immediately rescind its invitation to former Lt. McClary and choose a new speaker who can appropriately embody a message of inclusiveness for all Academy attendees.”

MRFF’s January 20th, 2011 Demand Letter to U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould: Please see below.

Related article by Truth-Out, republished by Talk2Action – Air Force Academy Taps “Member of Lord’s Army” to Speak at National Prayer Luncheon:

Military Religious Freedom Foundation website:


Many prominent organizations stand alongside MRFF
in support of the demand letter:

ACLU of Colorado
Veterans for Common Sense
Americans United
Veterans Today
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
California Council of Churches IMPACT
Colorado Coalition of Reason
United Atheist Front
The American Muslim
Interfaith Freedom Foundation
Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

Click here and scroll to read each letter of support

Click here to download a PDF version of this letter

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  1. Ralph January 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you, MRFF, for saying what I and others are afraid to say. I have graduated but the dynamics are very strong within the graduate population. The cadets do not need to be subjected to continued disrespect of religions that are not fundamentalist Christian.

    It is time for us all to face up to what the signers of the Constitution knew we could do. It will take a lot of restraint, dialogue, even prayer from those who pray, but we must succeed. America can continue to be a beacon of freedom and respect for individual beliefs.

    Annonymous USAFA Grad in the Heartland.

  2. Charles Forbess January 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I support the rescinding of Lt. McClary’s invitation to speak at your prayer breakfast. He represents a minority and radical view of religion that should not be the tradition of our military forces.

  3. Jack Shattuck January 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Do the Armed Forces give any sort of classes on the Constitution to their officers? I.e., Article VI, and the First Amendment? Lt. Glebe McClary’s statements are so grossly unconstitutional. Surely MRFF can’t be the only commentators on this offensive pronouncement.

  4. Steve Aldred January 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Some other sites publish an email which can be sent to the offending authority usually by one click. I’m sure we could count on more support if that could be organized.

  5. Mike January 24, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Lt. McClary is a war hero and an inspiration. He’s spoken before at the USAFA and may he continue to be an inspiration to the USAFA in the future. An outstanding American.

  6. Chris January 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    If he’s a war hero, then that’s nice, I suppose. But it doesn’t entitle him to say whatever he wants at my alma mater. And I certainly don’t find messages like his to be inspiring. Rather, hearing this kind of nonsense spread around the armed forces was nothing but a disappoinment for me. And many others I served with. Gould needs to pull his head out, and realize that not everyone in the military is a fundamentalist Christian, and that he can book inspiring speakers with a more inclusive message for the diverse group of Americans who are serving at USAFA.

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