Lamborn (R-CO 5th) among supporters of religiously censored USAFA cadets

Banned by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Banned by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 14, 2014— Reaction to Religious freedom issues at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado, is coming in swift and strongly in support of cadets quietly but firmly protesting restrictions on their freedom of religion.

According to the Family Research Council, the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition comprised of 24 groups led by the Family Research Council and including legal groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, The Liberty Institute, and Thomas More Law Center, announced that they stand ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing a Bible verse on a hallway whiteboard that has been designated by the Academy for both official and personal use.

Reports Wednesday said that in response to Academy officials demanding that a Bible verse be removed from a cadet’s personal whiteboard space, verses from the Bible and the Koran have popped up all over the cadet dorms.

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Meanwhile, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-5) released a letter he sent to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson. The letter begins:

I am deeply concerned and outraged by recent news reports indicating that an Air Force Cadet was forced to remove a Bible verse from the whiteboard posted outside his room.  I was further troubled to learn that the apparent reason the Cadet in question had to remove this verse was due to the fact that he is in a position of  leadership.

He goes on to note that “Religious freedom and religious tolerance go hand in hand.” Religious freedom is built into our Constitution, he notes, and those who defend our freedom should not have their own religious freedom curtailed.

He closed his letter by requesting “a full accounting of this incident.”

It may be that the officer who censored the Cadet should be the one who should be punished. I would also like an explanation of the apparent distinction drawn between those in leadership and other Cadet’s regarding religious freedom.  I would also appreciate an explanation of the apparent influence the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has at the Air Force Academy in legal and media issues relating to decisions on Cadets’ religious practices over the past 5 years. The MRFF is an organization that seems to detest religious expression of any faith, and has become so outlandish in its claims that it should simply be ignored.

Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin agrees:

This reflects that the cadets understand the Constitution and have a greater faith in the Constitution than their leaders. They are freely exercising their constitutional rights that they will be defending upon graduation.

Gary McCaleb, Chief Solicitor and Executive Vice President for Strategy Implementation at Alliance Defending Freedom said:

Suppressing religion is wrong whether it is done behind an Iron Curtain or in a dorm hallway. Certainly such raw anti-religious discrimination has no place in America’s Air Force.

Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation told Fox News reporter Todd Starnes that his group had been contacted by other cadets, faculty and staff members complaining about the Christian message saying:

“It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,” he said. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.”

Word of the incident is spreading like a Colorado wildfire among the graduate community, which is highly supportive of the cadets.

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  • Carla Cox

    Why is it that the Christians in our military are being ostracized when Musilms and SIIKare being given special attention as to allowing them to wear turbans and beards.
    Christian servicemen & women should be Protesting this EVERYDAY!
    America was founded on the freedom of Religion and Christianity was the reason we came to America in the first place. THIS IS WRONG!!!!!!

  • Sherry Jones

    What gets me is the comment by that idiot Weinstein. He is aware, isn’t he, that NOBODY is forced to become a Christian. I should know better than anyone the reality of religious freedom. Many of my family members are Baptists. A few are Jehovah’s witnesses. Some are Presbyterians. My daughters and I are Pagans. Not one member of my family, not one, ever, has tried to force their particular religious beliefs on any other member. Because no Christians, of any denomination, do that. They will talk to you, they will try to persuade through “witnessing”, but it’s a simple matter of saying “no thank you” and closing the door. That’s it. All done. No force, ever. Period. So what tyranny, exactly, is he referring to? Because no Christian will hold a gun to your head and try to force you to accept their beliefs. And before anyone gets snarky about the Crusades, we’re talking about things that happened how many hundreds of years ago. Get over it. It no longer applies. The things people did at the same time they still believed witches should be burned at the stake simply is no longer a valid argument.

    • Karen.Daulton

      Hear Hear to you,, couldn’t have said it better myself.. The history you are talking about was a learning step for America,, Now with the Constitution Religious Freedom rings,, But that has to do with religion , not with a cult , where if you will not convert they will cut off your head.. signed a Conservative Infidel

      • Sherry Jones

        Thanks, Karen 🙂 I just get so irritated when people bring up the Crusades and try to compare them to Christianity today, or use them to justify the behavior of modern day Islamic extremists. As if 1000 years hasn’t passed between then and now. Freaking idiots.

  • Scott

    “elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others” …. SO NOW? just being a CHRISTIAN will auto-elevate one above other religious faiths!! WHAT a wild idea! I wonder what they will say when THEY have to BOW their knees to THE CHRIST!!!!!!