Friday, August 13, 2010

Evangelical Christian Bias in the Military

Air Force Academy Faculty and Students Go Public against Evangelical Christian Bias in the Military

August 18, 2007 - Three faculty members from United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado--one of whom is also a former cadet--have gone public today with their criticisms of evangelical Christian proselytizing at the USAFA. They are joined by another former cadet now serving in Iraq. One faculty member has been reassigned to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Their articles appear as the cover story in the September/October issue of the Humanist magazine, released today in both print and online versions. Under the general title “Higher Power: Is Evangelism Still in Command at the U.S. Air Force Academy?” their articles challenge head on the problem of official proselytizing and they critique behind-the-scenes realities.

Philosophy professor Carlos Bertha takes readers back to 2004 when the controversy over religious favoritism and intolerance at the USAFA became a national media story. He then brings them forward to the present with calls for better understanding and more vigorous application by the military of the U.S. Constitution. Lt. Col. James E. Parco and Dr. Barry S. Fagin set forth specific changes needed at the USAFA and offer a 2003-2007 timeline of the religious scandal there. Second Lt. Patrick Kucera relates his personal struggles as an atheist who challenged Academy policies while a cadet. He graduated in 2004 and is currently deployed in Iraq. Continued

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