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June 23, 2005

Pentagon findings on Air Force Academy

From FoxNews:

A Pentagon investigation into complaints that evangelical Christians at the Air Force Academy have bullied Jews and cadets of other faiths found no overt discrimination, but "certainly insensitivity," military officials said Wednesday.

"There is a lack of awareness on the part of some faculty and staff, and perhaps some senior cadets, as to what constitutes appropriate expressions of faith," said Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, Air Force deputy chief of staff for personnel.

The investigators' report said academy leaders and the Air Force should clarify policies on religious expression so religious minorities do not feel discriminated against or pressured.

It seems the lack of awareness is on the part of the anti-Christian bigots who think the law requires Christians to hide their faith.

There have been complaints at the academy that a Jewish cadet was told the Holocaust was revenge for the death of Jesus and that another Jew was called a Christ killer by a fellow cadet. A banner in the football team's locker room read: "I am a Christian first and last ... I am a member of Team Jesus Christ."

Also, there have been complaints that cadets were pressured to attend chapel, that academy staffers put New Testament verses in government e-mail, and that cadets used the e-mail system to encourage others to see the Mel Gibson movie "The Passion of the Christ."

Brady said some problems were related to the maturity level of cadets ages 18 to 22. "Most of them know how to behave," he said. "Some of them need a little work."

From what I've heard there was one, maybe two, anti-semitic remarks, by some idiot cadet. The Jewish cadet who heard the remarks concluded that ALL the Christians on the campus shared that view. This is something we generally refer to as prejudice or bigotry. We have one bigot spouting nonsense, and another bigot reacting by demanding all the Christians should be punished.

As for the banner, why shouldn't Christians be proud of their faith? I wouldn't deny a Jew, a Moslem, a Hindu or anyone from another faith to display their pride in their faith. Why is tolerance applied only to non-Christians?

As for “pressured to attend chapel”. I can just imagine what this would be:

Cadet A: “Hey, ya goin' ta chapel”
Cadet B: “...see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!” [if that sounds familiar, look here]

The whiners need to have a refresher course on religious tolerance, and how it is not okay to single our Christians for censorship, just because you don't want to be reminded that they're Christians.

It also seem the Naval Academy is under attack by anti-Christian bigots.

Hat Tip: Stones Cry Out, Iowa Voice

Coverage: The Seventh Age, Outside the Beltway

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 23, 2005 08:40 AM

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Comments

So, what you are saying is that it is OK for the above-mentioned Christian to:

1. Call the Jew names because he does not belong to the Christian Faith?

2. Attempt to FORCE the Jewish Cadet to convert?

3. Make life difficult for cadets not adhering to the majority religion?

If not, what do you think should happen? Should the Jewish Cadet feel coerced in the academy due to his religion?

Judy

Posted by: Judy at August 4, 2005 10:31 AM

I really think you should actually read what I wrote, since you obviously didn't.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at August 6, 2005 12:42 PM

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