American Family Association Urges Christians to Contact the Air Force Academy to Stand Up for Cadet’s Religious Liberties
The Air Force Academy has removed a Bible verse written on a cadet’s
whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other
cadets, according to a story by FoxNews’ Todd Starnes.
Now, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net)
is urging Christians around the country to contact the Air Force Academy to
present a unified stand for the cadet’s religious liberties. The cadet had
written Galatians 2:20 on the whiteboard outside his room: “I have been
crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me...”
“This is another example in a growing list of religious
discrimination offenses by the Air Force Academy,” said AFA President Tim
Wildmon. “When constitutionally-protected speech based on Christian faith is
expressed at the Air Force Academy, why is it immediately censored? The Air
Force has once again caved to the whims of anti-Christian bigotry from the
likes of Mikey Weinstein.”
Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, contacted
the Air Force Academy and filed a complaint. Exactly two hours and nine minutes
later, the Bible verse had been scrubbed from the cadet’s whiteboard under the
direction of a lieutenant.
Another Air Force Academy official told FoxNews that “(t)he whiteboards are
for both official and personal use, but when a concern was raised we
addressed it and the comment was taken down.” The Air Force Academy went on to
say that the cadet would not be punished. Weinstein, however, had different
thoughts, stating that the Bible verse created a hostile environment.
Michael Berry, an attorney with Liberty Institute, also told FoxNews that
the Air Force Academy’s decision to remove the verse is in violation of a new
Pentagon regulation meant to protect religious liberty.
AFA is encouraging other Americans to join their voices and
urge Air Force Academy Commandant Brig. Gen. Gregory Lengyel to reverse this
violation of religious freedom and allow cadets to express their faith. Those
concerned can email the Air Force Academy on the AFA Action
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