AFA to Air Force leaders - We want a meeting
August 6, 2013This week, your American Family Association sent a letter to the U.S. Air Force asking for a face-to-face meeting to discuss the military branches' recent string of anti-Christian hostilities against chaplains, officers and enlisted men who publicly share their faith.
The letter to Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning noted that "on April 23, 2013, Air Force and Pentagon representatives met with Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) President Michael Weinstein," thus, "the Pentagon should hear from all concerned," which includes Christian-based organizations like AFA.
Our request follows a strongly-worded letter from 53 members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, questioning why the Air Force would grant a private meeting with Weinstein, whose organization urged the military branch to begin a "cleansing" of any public expression of the Christian faith in the military.
For example, after receiving a phone call from Weinstein last month, the commander of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska censored an essay by a base chaplain entitled "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II." Within hours, on Weinstein's demand, the commander ordered the essay removed from the base website.
The bottom line is this: We believe the Air Force is taking anti-Christian directives from a civilian atheist. And just like Congress, we want to know why.
The Air Force bent over backwards to meet with Weinstein, bringing in high ranking officers like the Judge Advocate General, Deputy Inspector General, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Director of Air Force Equal Opportunity and other staff members.
Now it's our turn!
Rest assured, AFA will defend the religious rights of Christians in the military. We will clearly outline our concerns to the Air Force and insist that policies should protect those serving our country, not punish them.
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