Thursday, May 05, 2005

 

Christians at Air Force Academy discriminated against again

I mean, if they can't intimidate heathens and make slurs against Jews, what the fuck's the point of being a Christian?
Air Force Sets New Inquiry at Academy

The Pentagon is sending investigators to the Air Force Academy to look into complaints that evangelical Christian faculty members, officers and cadets routinely proselytize and intimidate those on campus who do not hold the same religious beliefs.

The inquiry follows accusations that these other cadets have long been subject to a climate of religious intolerance. To address the problem, the academy, in Colorado Springs, began requiring its faculty and students in March to attend 50-minute sensitivity training classes.

But last week the advocacy group Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a report to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld saying the problem remained and was systemic.

Among the accusations are that cadets who declined to attend chapel after dinner were marched back to their dormitories in a procession called the "heathen flight," that a history professor ordered students to pray before their final exam and that two weeks after the religious sensitivity program was announced, the football coach placed a banner in the locker room that said, "I am a member of Team Jesus Christ."

"This is the worst systemic series of religiously discriminatory acts I've ever seen in any federal government context," said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who charged "a clear pattern of misconduct that was overlooked for years."

The inquiry will be headed by Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady, deputy Air Force chief of staff for personnel. Jennifer Stephens, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the service had not yet decided who else would serve on the investigative task force, which is to issue a preliminary report by May 23.

Concerns about the religious environment on the campus first surfaced after the academy conducted a survey of staff and faculty early last year on the broader culture there. When the academy solicited further expressions of concern over religious influences, about eight people came forward with accusations of 55 specific incidents of bias spanning four years, said Lt. Col. Laurent Fox, the academy's director of public affairs.

About that time, Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate and Reagan administration official, visited Colorado Springs and discovered that his son, a cadet, was frequently a target of slurs because he is Jewish. Mr. Weinstein took his complaints to the academy, Americans United and the news media.

"It hurts because I love the academy," Mr. Weinstein said in an interview yesterday. "But it is suffering from a terrible constitutional cancer right now."
Clearly the Academy is totally beset with rife and unrepentant hatred of all those brave Christians who make up only about 90% of the cadets and therefore have to be protected against their evil enemies' murderous rampages of tolerance, diversity and inclusivenss. After all, all they're trying to do is save the infidels' mortal souls - you'd think those crybaby Jews and Muslims and Hindus and atheists would show a little gratitude. But nooooo, they have to whine and bitch and moan about some innocent horseplay and spirited name-calling. As if being labeled "Jewboy" or "Christ-killer" ever hurt anyone. Can't they realize that what's being inflicted on them is actually divinely-inspired Christian love?

Well, I say enough. I say it's time to stop persecuting these poor, helpless Christians before they become martyrs to political correctness again. Have we learned nothing from the Holocaust...oops, sorry, probably not the best example to bring up.

Never mind.
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