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Christianity Prevails at Air Force Academy

Posted by thelamp on November 6, 2006

Congratulations to the Air Force Academy. A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the academy that claimed evangelical Christian values were being illegally pushed on cadets.

The case was filed by a group of Air Force Academy graduates who charged that a military chaplain violated their religious freedom rights by urging cadets to attend Christian services.

The judge, however, said the graduates could not claim their first amendment rights had been violated, since they no longer attended the academy. He also said that the group failed to give specific examples of which cadets were harmed or when.

No harm, no foul. The Center for Moral Clarity applauds the chaplain for wisely encouraging cadets to maintain a relationship with God while fulfilling their service to America. Troops defending the nation are largely Christian. They deserve the support and strength that come from a spiritual relationship.

During the last couple of years, the Air Force Academy has been troubled by accusations of insensitivity toward non-Christian cadets and staff, but an investigation conducted by the Pentagon determined officials have not committed acts of overt religious discrimination. The chaplain in question has been criticized for sending out an e-mail promoting National Prayer Day and for a memo telling cadets they are accountable first to their God.

He also allegedly urged Christian cadets to tell classmates they would burn in hell if they were not born again. Some people just can’t handle the truth. As with most scandals, though, people close to the situation have said the debate about religion among the academy’s cadets was completely blown out of proportion by the media.

Military service puts men and women in a variety of situations that require them to draw upon sound moral and ethical judgment. These men and women are training to become future military leaders who will advise, direct and influence the enlisted ranks under their command. They should be encouraged to walk with God through their tour of duty.



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