Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Sorry State Of Religious Freedom At The Air Force Academy

By Zac Crippen
March 14, 2014

Last Tuesday, Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the leadership of the United States Air Force Academy to complain about an "egregious violation" of the United States Constitution. The offense? A junior at the Academy had handwritten a New Testament Bible verse on a personal whiteboard hanging on the exterior wall of his or her dorm room, adjacent to the door. Academy leadership was apparently swift in its response: only "2 hours and 9 minutes" after the complaint was filed, bragged the MRFF website, the writing was erased from the whiteboard.

This is the latest in a long string of incidents involving Mr. Weinstein and the Air Force Academy. Just last year, Mr. Weinstein and his organization made headlines for instigating the Academy's removal of "so help me God" from the Honor Oath for incoming cadets. Last December, Mr. Weinstein led the charge to remove a nativity scene from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The list of incidents goes on and on. A few of Mr. Weinstein's complaints are based on legitimate claims, many are blown way out of proportion, and the rest endanger the free exercise of religion that Mr. Weinstein so zealously claims to defend.

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