Air Force chaplain's online essay restored…your action did it!

August 16, 2013

In our AFA Action Alert two weeks ago, we asked you to take action when an Air Force commander at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson removed from the base website an essay penned by Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, a Christian chaplain serving at the Alaska air base. The essay was titled "'No Atheists in Foxholes': Chaplains Gave All in World War II."

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, had demanded that the Air Force punish Reyes for what he called an "anti-secular diatribe" for using the "no atheists in foxholes" reference. Within hours of Weinstein's complaint, the essay was gone.

Thanks to your taking time to get involved, Reyes's posting has been restored! Base commander Colonel Brian Duffy was influenced by over 70,000 emails and scores of posts on the base’s Facebook page by AFA supporters. 

Because the Air Force leadership is building a reputation for censoring and repressing the religious freedom of those within its ranks, your AFA will defend the rights of chaplains and military personnel to express their faith without fear of reprisal.

Your AFA has requested a meeting with Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning to discuss the Air Force's recent string of anti-Christian hostilities against chaplains, officers and enlisted men.

TAKE ACTION

Unfortunately, the Air Force leader has not responded to our meeting request. Will you let them know you support AFA's request?

FACEBOOK USERS: Go to www.facebook.com/USairforce and post this:

I support AFA's request to meet with Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning - http://action.afa.net/uploadedFiles/Activism/AFA_Action_Alerts/Action_Alert_Related_Items/sec_air_force_letter.pdf

TWITTER USERS: Tweet this: @usairforce - I support this request http://bit.ly/13Dn47s #usairforce

EMAIL: Instantly send an email to Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning below.

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