November 18, 2013 – MRFF Continues Aggressive Campaign Against Ongoing Christian Fundamentalist Extremism at the U.S. Air Force Academy

In October/2013 MRFF posted a billboard along one of the busiest thoroughfares in Colorado Springs, CO. MRFF’s purpose was to protest the continued usage of unconstitutional religious tests at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), namely the usage of the phrase “So Help Me God” within its honor oath. Neither of the Academy’s sister service schools, West Point or Annapolis, use that phrase in their respective honor codes. This billboard displayed the presidential oath taken by George Washington, which did not include the religious test phrase “So Help Me God”, and asked “This oath was good enough for George Washington; Why not the Air Force Academy?”

A second billboard was erected on November 18, 2013 focusing on a statement made by a leader at USAFA that “I am on staff at USAFA and will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone that I work with.” This second billboard was erected in response to the Academy issuing a statement defending and exonerating the USAFA leader, stating that the hate-mail [containing the leader’s statement] was sent “in his personal capacity,” and that “no action is being taken against the individual.” This billboard was accompanied with the release of a 30-second video containing the USAFA leaders proselytizing statement along with MRFF statement that “The United States Air Force Academy has become a fundamentalist Christian military ministry.” This video ad began airing Nov. 19 in Colorado Springs, where the academy is located; and Pueblo, Colo.

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