American Family Association Asks Air Force: Will You Protect Military Religious Liberties?
AFA President Tim Wildmon Asks Hagel and Fanning for Meeting; Air Force and Pentagon Already Met with Atheist Group ‘Military Religious Freedom Foundation’
American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net)
has requested a meeting with the U.S. Air Force to discuss recent
policies and practices that have stripped military personnel of their religious
liberties, and to present a vital perspective on this issue.
In the letter from AFA President, Tim Wildmon, which was
also sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, American Family
Association asks Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Air Force, for a
meeting to discuss the importance of protecting religious liberty within the
military—among the men and women who are risking their lives every day to
protect freedoms such as these.
Wildmon notes in his letter that on April 23, 2013, Air
Force and Pentagon representatives met with Military Religious Freedom
Foundation (MRFF) President Michael Weinstein to discuss religious freedom in
the military and Wildmon asks for the same consideration for American
Family Association. Weinstein has been extremely vocal and
inflammatory toward religious liberty and the concern is that only one side of
the issue has been presented by someone who is clearly anti-Christian in his
own personal worldview. Present at this spring’s meeting with Weinstein
on the topic of religious freedom were the Judge Advocate General, Deputy
Inspector General, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Director of Air Force Equal
Opportunity and other staff members.
“Because religious freedoms are extremely important to American
Family Association and our millions of supporters, to Americans in general, to
military service members and to our veterans,” Wildmon wrote, “we request a
meeting with the above mentioned military leaders, which will confer the same
courtesy extended to Mr. Weinstein and MRFF. We strongly believe the Pentagon
should hear from all concerned as the Department of Defense (DoD) revises its
policies on religious liberty.”
The DoD is already revising their instructions, number 1300.17 Accommodations
of Religious Practices within the Military Services, and 1304.28, Guidance
for the Appointment of Chaplains for the Military Departments, which deal
with their policies on religious liberty.
In addition, military branches have been less than accommodating in
protecting the religious liberties of Christian servicemen and women, with
examples such as removing crosses and religious symbols from military bases.
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organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the
time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s
culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for
Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988.
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