CHRISTIAN POST – Conservative Groups Demand Religious Freedom for Cadets at Air Force Academy

Petition spread by Christian fundamentalist extremist organizations targets Constitutional rights of cadets and servicemembers under false guise of “demanding religious freedom”

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  • A petition demanding that personnel in the United States Armed Forces respect the religious freedom of their cadets garnered over 100,000 signatures and was sent to the Air Force Academy in Colorado earlier this week.

    Organized by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, the petition calls for restoring “military religious freedom” and asks supporters to “speak up for the Air Force cadets.”

    The petition, created in light of reports of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, was delivered to the military installation on Wednesday and addressed to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson.

  • Conservative groups have argued that recent incidents where military officials reportedly punished subordinates for openly expressing their Christian faith showcase a culture of intolerance.

    The specific incident mentioned in the petition was based on a complaint filed by Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation earlier this year.

    Reportedly working on behalf of members of the Armed Forces, the complaint alleged that a Bible verse from Galatians on a white board in a dorm room violated the military’s policy on religious neutrality.

    “It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,” said Weinstein to Fox News’ Todd Starnes. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.”

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