Air Force Academy wipes Bible verse off cadet’s personal whiteboard after complaints

Even for the anti-religious crowd, this is hard to believe.

The Air Force Academy has wiped away a Bible verse posted outside a cadet’s room proclaiming the cadet’s Christian faith after a complaint by  a liberal group that calls itself the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Fox News reported.

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Photo: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, via Fox News

And in the process, the academy might have been violating the Pentagon’s own rules meant to protect religious freedom.

According to columnist Todd Starnes, the verse from Galatians 2:20 (“I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”) had spurred complaints to Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Weinstein claimed 29 cadets and four academy staffers had been so shaken by the innocuous white board verse that they contacted his organization about the supposedly hostile environment the verse created.

Heavens.

Militaries exist to deal with hostile environments — the kind created by bombs and bullets.

According to Weinstein, 29 future military officers of the United States were so rattled by a Bible verse scrawled in magic marker on an erasable board that they went running to an outside organization to cry about about it.

If that’s true, it’s not reassuring.

What’s less reassuring is that the Air Force Academy is violating the military’s own policies meant to protect the religious freedom of serving men and women, according to retired Army Gen. Gerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

“Once the academy allowed cadets to use these whiteboards for their personal use, censorship of religious commentary is unacceptable,” Boykin told Starnes.

“Either the Air Force Academy is very confused about the Constitution of the United States or they don’t really believe in the liberties that are provided by that document,” Boykin said.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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24 thoughts on “Air Force Academy wipes Bible verse off cadet’s personal whiteboard after complaints

  1. Rob says:

    Mr. Weinstein made the following ridiculous and laughable comment:

    “It’s not a gray area, this is absolute misconduct,” he said. “Not only
    should the cadet be punished but (also) his/her responsible USAFA cadet
    and officer chain of command who ignored this blatant and egregious
    violation of Air Force regulation 1-1 and the United States
    Constitution.”

    You simply can’t make this stuff up . .

  2. wildbillxxxx says:

    THESE CADETS NEED TO LEAVE THIS ACADEMY NOW. I WOULD NOT TRUST ANYONE OF THESE 29 EVER

  3. Bob Paglione says:

    This is Bullshit, plain and simple 1 moron probably complained. they need to kick, if it’s true, these 29 idiots out of the military because when you join the military you fight for GOD and Country

  4. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

    It is a sad commentary on America today that the Air Force has removed God from their oath of service.

    1. Ole Man says:

      “God” was never in our oath of service.

    2. Lee M says:

      Obama has done this. He is a muslim, and has assigned many Muslim Brotherhood adherants to high level positions.

  5. Pedro_Schwartz says:

    I love it any time “Mikey” gets “shaken”.

  6. ann237 says:

    All we need to do is look what has been taken place from their Commander and Chief. He has openly refered to our Constitution as OUTDATED. He has done what he wants regardless of laws put fourth that have protected the rights and freedoms of many, that has had us working together for the good of man & Country to the best of our ability, avoiding tyrant leaders which in turn cause unrest on our very streets. And the main thing that this country always included, from all that it did, it included God, and we yes we have allowed him to be removed from our schools… No wonder the violence, we do not allow him in to protect our children. We are removing him from our court houses, places filled with those that just may also be condemned in Spirit. I think you understand. We use to hand bibles out to our service men ( I have one given by the Navy during WW11) many soldiers even had their lives saved by the verses that seem to scare these cadets when they stoped a bullet. Lord have mercy on those who are afraid of words written on the whiteboard, wonder how they will feel seeings their friends names on a grave stone, fear causes stupid choices as we all just read….

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