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.
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.
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.
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