Saturday, April 30, 2005
Heaven forbid: Evangelical Christians dominate Air Force Academy, report says.
DENVER — Religious intolerance is systemic and pervasive at the Air Force Academy and, if nothing changes, it could result in "prolonged and costly" litigation, according to a report issued by a group advocating strict [Unconstitutional] separation of church and state.
The 14-page report, released Thursday, listed incidents of mandatory prayers, proselytizing by teachers, insensitivity to religious minorities and allegations that evangelical Christianity is the preferred faith at the institution.
"I think this is the most serious, military-related systemic problem I have ever seen in the decades I've been doing this work," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for [unconstitutional] Separation of Church and State. "There is a clear preference for Christianity at the academy, so that everyone else feels like a second-class citizen."
Lynn sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asking for a prompt investigation.
"If we hear nothing in 30 days, we will consider litigation and trying to get more forceful oversight by the relevant congressional committees," he said.