January 29, 2014 – U.S. Air Force Base Drops Christian Marriage Video from Mandatory Event

MRFF was contacted on January 27, 2014 by 25 Airmen (24 of whom self-identify as either Protestant or Catholic) stationed at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas regarding a mandatory-attendance  “Wingman Day” that involves many instructional elements pertaining to Physical, Mental, Social, & Spiritual factors. According to an article in the Little Rock AFB Combat Airlifter the Spiritual element was clearly promoting a Christian religious faith with no alternative means. According to the news article, Team Little Rock is hosting this event with “Christian videos” with one of the modules labeled: “Love Happens: God’s Purpose and Plan”. Prior to contacting Mikey Weinstein at MRFF for assistance, one of the Airmen representing the group sent an e-mail to the Base Public Affairs office regarding the “mandatory requirements” and asked why they believe they should tell people a healthy marriage requires religion and a certain deity. The response received included a very vague determent stating “The video series the Chapel is presenting is on marriage from a religious perspective.”

Within 2 days of being contacted by MRFF, the Air Force Times reported Little Rock Air Force Base has dropped an evangelical Christian video series on marriage. Stephen Losey of the Air Force Times reported that AFT was informed by email from Little Rock AFB spokesman Arlo Taylor that the spiritual pillar will now offer two nondenominational marriage classes on communication and intimacy, among other classes.

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