2/4/14 – CSINDY – Amen, and pass the smelling salts at USAFA

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If Mikey Weinstein was the fainting type — and he’s not — you’d have to pick him up off the floor about now.

For the last couple of hours, the 1977 Air Force Academy grad and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been inundated with e-mails and phone calls from more than 100 cadets, faculty and staff heralding a speech made this morning by the new dean of faculty, Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost.

Armacost reminded folks of Air Force Instruction 1-1 that prohibits proselytizing in the ranks. He emphasized that instructors and others are never to announce their Christian faith to cadets, according to someone who was there whose account is below.

The academy has taken a lot of guff over the years for its alleged favoritism toward fundamental Christianity. (For example, ex football coach Fisher DeBerry‘s team hung a banner in the locker room that said, “I am a Christian first and last … I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.” )

And Weinstein has dished a lot of that guff. But now, Weinstein is stunned. “You’re talking to a thunderstruck Mikey,” he told us. “This has never happened before. Is this the end of the war? The beginning of peace and love? Is there a new sheriff in town? I’m doing something I haven’t done in 10 years. I’m saluting my alma mater. Our clients are joyous.”

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