The Air Force Academy was criticized by Muslim and religious freedom organizations for playing host on Wednesday to three speakers who critics say are evangelical Christians falsely claiming to be former Muslim terrorists.
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“The places of hell are reserved for those who remain silent, particularly in times of moral crisis. I will not be silent.”-
Dante quoted by Michael Weinstein and Davin Seay in their book With God on Our Side. Read more...
A 2004 survey indicated that half the cadets at the academy reported hearing religious slurs on campus. One documented "joke" went like this:
"Why do Jews make the best magicians?
Because they can go into a building and vanish in a puff of smoke."
Jewish cadets complained about being called "Christ-killers" and being told that the Holocaust was revenge for the death of Jesus.
In 2004, Weinstein founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He recently filed suit against the Department of Defense for failing to protect the religious freedoms of our sailors, soldiers, marines, airmen, cadets, midshipmen and veterans.
Richard T. Schlosberg III Former Publisher and CEO LA Times and Denver Post and MRFF Advisory Board Member
Richard is a 23-year veteran of the communications business and was publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times and executive vice president of The Times Mirror Company prior to joining the Foundation. Schlosberg began his newspaper career with Harte-Hanks Communications in 1975. He worked for the company in South Carolina and then Texas until 1983, when he joined The Times Mirror Company as publisher and chief executive officer of the Denver Post.
Last week, the prestigious United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs invited three self-described former terrorists who have boasted about murdering hundreds of civilians in the Middle East and blowing up a bank in Israel to speak to cadets about the evils of Islam and their experiences as alleged radical Islamic fundamentalists.
Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani are the three stooges of the Christian right. These self-described former Muslim terrorists are regularly trotted out at Christian colleges—a few days ago they were at the Air Force Academy—to spew racist filth about Islam on behalf of groups such as Focus on the Family.
Reports of religious impropriety in today’s U.S. military appear with the regularity of abuse reports from Rubashkins meat plants. Unlike the Agriprocessors scandal, however, the problem of Evangelical Christian influence in places like the U.S. Air Force Academy has attracted little Jewish attention and less organized response, except from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and its founder, retired J.A.G. Michael Weinstein.
Another month has passed, and with it another significant accomplishment for our fledgling foundation. Sadly, it appears that the United States Air Force Academy, the site that sparked our fight, still hasn't gotten its act together. If it weren't for MRFF's wide reaching action and media network, the nation would never have known about the Academy's decision to pay three charlatans $13,000 to spew anti-Muslim, fundamentalist Christian talking points to the Cadet Wing at an official Academy lecture. Folks, even after all of the media exposure and litigation MRFF has brought on the Academy, the Constitutional wall dividing church and state still lies in ruins there. We face a monumental fight ahead DoD-wide, and I cannot thank you enough for your vital, continued support.
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MIKEY TO SPEAK AT TWO EVENTS IN
Mikey will be speaking at the Physicians for Social Responsibility Global Security Seminar as well as the University Synagogue in Irvine.
Both events will take place in March 2008. More information about this event will be posted on the
MRFF website soon.
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