Air Force Academy Removes Bible Verse from Board Outside Cadet’s Room
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 14 2014 @ 11:20 AM EDT
American Family Association Urges Christians to Contact the Air Force Academy to Stand Up for Cadet’s Religious Liberties
The Air Force Academy has removed a Bible verse written on a cadet’s whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, according to a story by FoxNews’ Todd Starnes.
Now, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is urging Christians around the country to contact the Air Force Academy to present a unified stand for the cadet’s religious liberties. The cadet had written Galatians 2:20 on the whiteboard outside his room: “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me...”
“This is another example in a growing list of religious discrimination offenses by the Air Force Academy,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “When constitutionally-protected speech based on Christian faith is expressed at the Air Force Academy, why is it immediately censored? The Air Force has once again caved to the whims of anti-Christian bigotry from the likes of Mikey Weinstein.”
Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, contacted the Air Force Academy and filed a complaint. Exactly two hours and nine minutes later, the Bible verse had been scrubbed from the cadet’s whiteboard under the direction of a lieutenant.
Another Air Force Academy official told FoxNews that “(t)he whiteboards are for both official and personal use, but when a concern was raised we addressed it and the comment was taken down.” The Air Force Academy went on to say that the cadet would not be punished. Weinstein, however, had different thoughts, stating that the Bible verse created a hostile environment.
Michael Berry, an attorney with Liberty Institute, also told FoxNews that the Air Force Academy’s decision to remove the verse is in violation of a new Pentagon regulation meant to protect religious liberty.
AFA is encouraging other Americans to join their voices and urge Air Force Academy Commandant Brig. Gen. Gregory Lengyel to reverse this violation of religious freedom and allow cadets to express their faith. Those concerned can email the Air Force Academy on the AFA Action Alerts page.
For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net