A group of religious right legislators are complaining about “anti-religious” bias — meaning anti-Christian bias, of course — at, of all places, the Air Force Academy. Why? Because MRFF has successfully stopped clear Christian bias at the academy.
Dozens of House lawmakers accused the U.S. Air Force this week of being “hostile towards religion,” citing a string of recent incidents they claim show the military is taking separation of church and state too far.
“Censorship is not required for compliance with the Constitution,” they wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The letter from 66 Republican members of Congress referenced a series of cases where they claim the Air Force “succumbed” to demands from outside groups.
Among the incidents:
A decision to remove a Latin reference to “God” from a logo/motto for the Rapid Capabilities Office
A decision to stop requiring staff to check for Bibles in Air Force Inn rooms
The removal of a document from a distance-learning course for Squadron Officer School that suggested chapel attendance is a sign of strong leadership
The suspension of an ethics course because the material included Bible passages
“Mr. Secretary, the combination of events mentioned above raises concerns that the Air Force is developing a culture that is hostile towards religion,” the lawmakers wrote. They urged Panetta to investigate all the incidents and issue “clear Department of Defense policy guidance.”
Notice that all of these incidents actually involve government endorsements of Christianity. They think it’s “hostility toward religion” not to use Christianity as a criteria for deciding who is and isn’t a good leader and not to use government funds to teach Christian beliefs to Air Force cadets. It’s persecution for the government not to have the government endorse their beliefs and use them to judge others.