Nov 19 2013

MRFF Demands the Immediate Dismissal of “Ex-Gay” Counselor from Air Force Academy

As reported by the Colorado Springs Independent, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning demanding that Dr. Mike Rosebush be immediately dismissed from his position at the Air Force Academy.

The full article about Dr. Rosebush, the subject of an extensive report by Pam Zubeck, will be out in tomorrow’s edition of the Independent, but, due to the story leaking elsewhere earlier today, the Independent has posted a preview of MRFF’s demand letter, and I am posting the full letter here.

(Colorado Springs Independent article is now up here.)


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eric Fanning

Acting Secretary of the Air Force

1670 Air Force Pentagon

Washington, DC 20330-1670

Dear Acting Secretary Fanning,

With great shock and an enormous sense of disgust, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has been informed of the notorious anti-gay bigot Dr. Mike Rosebush’s employment at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Needless to say, the employment of a fundamentalist Christian, “gay conversion therapy” advocate comes as a grave insult and palpable threat to USAFA’s lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) cadets, staffers, and faculty members, including MRFF’s 27 LGB clients at the Academy. Accordingly, MRFF demands that USAFA immediately terminate the employment of the notorious homophobe Rosebush.

Rosebush has devoted his entire professional career to the bullying and harassment of the LGBTQ community, carried out under the highly dubious guise of “curing homosexuality,” a sexual orientation that he likens to “addiction” and disease. Rosebush is a former vice president of the rabidly fundamentalist Christian, Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, one of the foremost anti-gay organizations in the country. Additionally, Rosebush has also been a clinical member of NARTH (the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality). According to the promotional materials for his book “Sanctification Coaching,” Rosebush is an “expert” on fighting “unwanted same-sex attractions” among Christian men “acting upon their homoerotic temptations.”The man has gained fame and notoriety by taking insipid quack science to ever-lower depths of absurdity. Indeed, the American Psychological Association (APA), in its “Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts,” has taken great pains to underscore such “therapy” as merely the expression of prejudice and discrimination, with a basis in ignorance and the distortion or active disdain of scientific data. Even Exodus International, the organization for which Rosebush served as Professional Counselors’ Network director, has publicly apologized for the harm caused by the espousal of the patently false notion that homosexuals can be “cured.”

Implausibly, Rosebush now finds his employment at the United States Air Force Academy. Reporter Pam Zubeck, writing for the Colorado Springs Independent on a story about Rosebush, interviewed MRFF just a few days ago. In that interview, Ms. Zubeck informed MRFF that Rosebush was hired at the Academy in 2009 to work in the Academy’s “plans and programs directorate,” which develops institutional policy, plans, and assessment strategies for commanders. That same year, the APA comprehensively debunked Rosebush’s conversion or “reparative” therapy/quackery. Zubeck further advised MRFF that, in 2011, Rosebush transferred to the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development where he develops programs for a team of USAFA counselors. The mind literally boggles at the wretched thought of Rosebush being employed at USAFA anywhere, but especially at a place described as the Academy’s “Center for Character and Leadership Development”!

Mike Rosebush has absolutely no place in the hallowed halls of our military service academies. Such casehardened proponents of old-school horrific bigotry and putrescent prejudice, if employed by the United States Air Force Academy, will no doubt use their positions to erode and denigrate the precious civil rights of airmen, cadets, faculty and staff. We call on the leadership of the United States Air Force to expeditiously and comprehensively root out this menace to good order, morale, and discipline at USAFA.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation demands that USAFA exercises its responsibility towards the civil rights and protections of cadets, staff, and faculty, and immediately terminate the employment of “ex-gay” fraudster Dr. Mike Rosebush.


Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq.

Founder and President

Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Edith A. Disler, PhD, MBA, Lt. Col. (USAF) Ret.

MRFF Director for LGBT Affairs,

Advisory Board Member,

Military Religious Freedom Foundation


General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, Superintendent of USAFA


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  1. 1

    It’s time to demand the immediate closure of the AFA. That place is so heavily infested with religious extremism that it is beyond salvaging. The DoD needs to save money anyways.

  2. 2

    I just heard about this on the Rachel Maddow show. She made the interesting point that Focus on the Family is right across the highway from the AF Academy. It makes me wonder just how much back and forth there is among the faculties and staffs of those two entities?

  3. 3

    A lot. And some of those Christian organizations aren’t so near to the AFA by coincidence. The AFA also has very close relationships to the local megachurches. Some of the churches have a free run of the campus so they can convert people.

  4. 4

    Re steve84 @ #1

    A better suggestion in that there is a need to train future air force officers is to move the facility to the People’s Republic of Boulder. Colorado Springs is a hellhole of born again Christianity.

  5. 5

    The AF Academy needs a new General. Rather badly.

    It’s funny (in a not particularly funny way) that their grand scheme of populating the military with hyperfundamentalists that they’ve been talking about for 25 years is coming to fruition only to be met with the end of DADT and a growing insistence on genuine secularism in government.

    Keep fighting them, MRFF. Christians need protection from them as much as others do.

  6. 6

    ROTC is just fine. And a far better way to train well-rounded officers who aren’t brainwashed into military culture 24/7 for four years. People who actually have a little experience living in the real world, dealing with people who are different from them and interacting with civilians.

    There is no evidence that the military academies actually produce better officers. Usually just entitled, arrogant jerks who think they are better than everyone else.

  7. 7

    In the Canadian Army we called the military college officers ‘ring knockers’ for the school rings they wore. You are right in that most of them come out with a sense of entitlement and an air of superiority. Some were good, but that was because of who they were, not where they went to school.

  8. 8
    Gregory in Seattle

    The lies are not going unnoticed: Gay Cadet Lashes Out At Air Force Press Release Claiming Gays Are Welcome

  9. 9
    Francisco Bacopa

    I have been convinced since the mid 90′s that the AFA wishes to acquire nuclear weapons. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1991 to influence USAF cadets in order to get a General Ripper inside the Air Force.

    The fundies want the bomb. They started a 30year project to get it and they are getting close. You may have heard of this conspiracy theory earlier. I started it back on Usenet in 94-98.

    And how do you know they don’t want the bomb? Surely they must. In a divine command theory of metaethics, authority equals asskicking. Right and wrong come from God because of his ability to eternally torture us. A lot of people have given that up and now we are getting all gay married and shit. The fundies know the nukes will bring us back in line.

  10. 10

    This letter is hypocritical. It asserts that because of his beliefs Rosebush is unfit to be employed ANYWHERE in the military academies, whose halls, being hallowed, are better than fundamentalism. It would be different if the contention was that Rosebush should be kept out of a specific position that he arguably would use as a platform to impose his views on others, but that’s NOT what the letter says.

    In fact, the wording implies that no “fundamentalist Christian” should be allowed in the academies. That’s blacklisting, and it tempts “fundamentalist Christians” to exclude gays and lesbians for fear of persecution from them.

    Many good, well-meaning people, many of whom have left the gay/lesbian lifestyle because of their faith, hold beliefs similar to Rosebush’s. This letter, as it is worded, would exclude them, not because they’re forcing their views on others, but just because of what they believe.

    How can the MRFF compose such a letter while claiming, “No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy”? The letter directly violates this claim and gives credibility to the Christian Right claims that certain liberal elements such as MRFF are attacking religious liberty in our military, and more generally, attacking free speech.

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