What’s going on at Air Force Academy? God’s word vs. Pentagon’s word
By Todd Starnes, FoxNews.com, March 13, 20113
Whiteboard belonging to an Air Force Academy cadet. The cadet posted the Bible message after a student leader’s whiteboard with a Bible verse was cleaned. (MRFF)
The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards.
The Air Force Academy admitted Wednesday that a cadet leader had to remove a Bible verse he had displayed outside his dorm room because it offended non-Christians and could “cause subordinates to doubt the leader’s religious impartiality.”
The controversy started when a cadet leader posted a passage of scripture on his whiteboard with a quote from the New Testament book of Galatians. “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” the verse from Galatians 2:20 read.
The brave cadets who spoke to me said it’s disturbing to watch the academy trample on the Constitution.
Friends of the cadet tell me the young man had posted the verse several months ago and considered the New Testament passage as a source of inspiration.
Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me that 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage.
“Had it been in his room — not a problem,” Weinstein told me. “It’s not about the belief. It’s about the time, the place and the manner.” Continue reading