MRFF’s Statement on Article RE: Nevada Air National Guard Chaplain’s Conversion to Islam

And yet another example of the Air Force allowing one religion to be promoted over another in violation of AFI 1-1

The headline of a May 11 article posted on as part of its “Through Airmen’s Eyes” article series looked promising — “Nevada ANG chaplain: ‘I want people to know Islam is not evil.’” From the headline, it appeared that the Air Force was attempting to bring some diversity to the many articles it publishes about the personal faith or religious conversion of a particular airman — articles in which the religion being promoted has, with almost no exceptions, been Christianity. But after reading the article, MRFF objects to it just as strongly as it has to the many articles published by the Air Force highlighting the faith of Christian airmen. This article violates Air Force Instruction 1-1 every bit as much as any of the many articles promoting the beliefs of a Christian airman. The article is about Air Force Master Sgt. Laura Magee, who converted to Islam while attending the military’s chaplain school at Fort Jackson, and how her conversion subsequently also converted her husband Mark Magee, also an Air Force master sergeant, to Islam.

Among the article’s quotes from the Magees is this one from Master Sgt. Mark Magee – “The things that are there, versus reading the Bible and the many contradictions between the Old and New Testament — the Quran is more constant all the way through” — a statement saying that the Qur’an is superior to the Bible, which clearly violates AFI 1-1, Section 2.12, which states:

“Leaders at all levels … must ensure 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.”

The article also publicizes Master Sgt. Laura Magee’s personal religious blog, “For the Love of Deen.”

AFI 1-1, Section 2.12 applies equally to “any faith, belief, or absence of belief,” and it is just as much a violation of this instruction to give preferential treatment to Islam by publishing a statement saying that the Qur’an is superior to the Bible and to publicize the personal religious blog of a Muslim airman as it is to give preferential treatment to Christianity by publishing a statement claiming the Bible’s superiority and publicizing the personal religious blog of a Christian airman.

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