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Some Air Force Cadets So Angry Over What Happened With
Bible Verses on Campus They
Have Staged a ‘Revolt’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • The leader of a church-state separatist group says that there’s a “revolt” underway at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., after officials there removed a Bible verse from a white board outside a cadet’s bedroom door following complaints that its presence was offensive.

    Cadets angry over the Air Force Academy’s removal of the verse have since begun posting scripture from the Bible and the Koran on their whiteboards in solidarity, said Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

    “The Air Force Academy has a revolt on their hands. What are they going to do?” Weinstein told TheBlaze Wednesday.

  • Weinstein shared an email with TheBlaze that he said came from an unnamed agnostic cadet at the school who highlighted that a revolt of sorts is now underway.

  • Weinstein is now calling on the Air Force Academy to take action against those individuals who are posting scripture messages outside their doors, though he indicated that he isn’t sure how widespread the problem is.

    “It’s a toxic environment there,” Weinstein said of the academy, citing purported violations of Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2-11. “When you have a law that is followed more in its breach than in its compliance ... it’s worse than if you didn’t have the law at all.”

Click to read this article at The Blaze


UPDATE: Bible verse gets
Mikey going, again

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Selected Article Excerpt:

A Bible verse on the door of an Air Force Academy cadet's dorm room has touched off a constitutional debate.

Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said Wednesday that the message on a white board amounted to a cadet in a position of authority forcing an opinion on subordinates. Weinstein says he received complaints from cadets, and might file a lawsuit to ensure church-state separation on campus.

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UPDATE: Bible verse gets
Mikey going, again

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Selected Article Excerpt:

After the Bible verse became the topic of a FOX News editorial yesterday following our blog posting, nine other religious messages were written onto whiteboards outside cadets' rooms at the academy.

Mikey Weinstein said the new messages showed a lack of religious respect at the academy was "spiraling out of control," with cadets posting the messages in protest of the academy's request the original message be removed.

But the academy didn't actually request the original message be removed, as it turns out. Academy spokesman Maj. Brus Vidal says the issue was pushed down the chain of command to Air Officers Commanding and the cadets themselves. The cadet who posted the Galatians message took it down, realizing it could have been misinterpreted by other cadets. The cadet in question is in a leadership role, and Air Force Regulation 1.1 bars those in leadership positions from forcing their religious beliefs on those down the chain.

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at Colorado Springs Independent

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MRFF's Inbox

We receive an enormous amount of emails at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, both from our supporters and detractors. "MRFF's Inbox" allows us to share this correspondence with you:

Additional Religious Whiteboards at USAFA

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To Whom It May Concern,

Until recently I would have disagreed with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s viewpoint on the United States Air Forces Academy as being an institution that “elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all other.” As an Agnostic at the Academy I have felt that overall, I have been equally treated and that religion has not played a major issue.

However, after the Fox news article was released about the Bible verse being removed from a cadet’s whiteboard, a population of the cadet wing has in turn, responded with addition religious quotes placed outside their doors in the public hallways; one of which being the original quote that was removed. Attached are 9 examples of religious quotes that have been posted. I understand that these responses are quick reactions but I believe that they are a violation of AFI 1-1. Theses posts, quotes, and comments on social media have created a hostile environment and have lead to a decrease in unit cohesion and morale and are unprofessional in the military environment.

Although I am disappointed in the actions of my fellow classmates, I am more disappointed that they can not recognize that these actions can be offensive to others. I believe that Academy leadership recognized their mistake and corrected it by making the cadet take down their quote. I am hoping that we can bring this to their attention in order to resolve this situation in a positive manner.

While I recognize that the Academy is not perfect, I believe that we can learn from examples such as this to better promote a culture of respect and human dignity.

Very Respectfully,

– xxxxxxxxxx


(name withheld)

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