MILITARY.COM – Air Force Officials Review Article Lauding NCO’s Missionary Work

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  • The command began reviewing the article on Jan. 27 after the watchdog group Military Religious Freedom Foundation demanded it be taken down. MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein, in an email to 433rd AW Vice Commander Col. Aaron Vangelisiti, called the article a “shameless and incredibly prominent and public promotion” of religion on official Air Force websites.The MRFF represents 51 airmen at San Antonio-Lackland, 44 of which are Roman Catholic or Protestant, he said. The group does not identify clients because they fear reprisal, he said.
  • Weinstein said Air Force commanders at all level are required by Air Force regulation to “ensure that their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.“Weinstein said everyone involved ought to know better than to post such an article on an official military website.
  • Weinstein called the episode “a textbook example of a violation of Air Force regulations,” he said. “Whoever allowed this should be punished.“”You know if this guy was Muslim, and doing this for a group pushing Islam the same way T.I.M.E. for Christ is pushing Christianity, there would be blood in the streets,” he said.

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