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July 04, 2005

Focus on the Family finds charges against Air Forces Academy ridiculous

From AgapePress:

A spokesman for a Colorado-based pro-family organization says he is encouraged by the recent report dealing with alleged religious discrimination at the U.S. Air Force Academy....

The charges were ridiculous, [Tom] Minnery [vice president of Government and Public Policy at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs] says, including a complaint from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, alleging that a Christian chaplain had preached that people who failed to turn to Jesus Christ would spend eternity in hell.

Minnery claims that was a huge problem for the Americans United organization and its leader, Barry Lynn. "Our belief is that a chaplain who did not say that would be derelict in his duty," the policy expert points out, "because that's the Christian gospel."

However, the ministry official finds comments about Focus on the Family's relationship with the Air Force Academy amusing. "I think what upsets [Barry Lynn and his crowd] is [their suspicion that] something devious is going on," Minnery says, speculating they may be thinking that "those people at Focus on the Family -- they're infecting the air and blowing it across the valley, and then they're ingesting that at the Air Force Academy and it's turning them into religious automatons."...

"The attack by Americans United for Separation of Church and State cited a number of instances on the campus, which Americans United concluded amounted to an unconstitutional establishment of religion," Minnery says. However, he notes that the activities on the part of some Air Force chaplains that have been called into question are generally both lawful and biblical.

Isn't it odd that Atheists feel free to spout their belief that religion is bunk, believed in by fools, yet the religious are told to not voice their beliefs, lest they offend someone? How does that work?

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 4, 2005 12:25 PM

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