Religious discrimination by the U.S. Government
Religious intolerance at Colorado
Springs, CO's Air Force Academy
According to the Associated Press in 2005-AUG, allegations
"...that evangelical Christians wield so much influence at the Air
Force Academy in Colorado Springs that anti-Semitism and other forms of
religious harassment have become pervasive....An Air Force task force concluded
that some students and staff at the school have the perception that the academy
favors evangelical Christians and is intolerant of those who do not share their
The Associated Press reported that the Academy's No. 2 chaplain,
Captain Melinda Morton, said that she was fired for speaking up about religious
intolerance among cadets and staff. She co-wrote a report in 2004 which
criticized "strident" evangelizing of cadets by [conservative] Christian officers. She alleged
that evangelical Christians wield too much influence at the Academy. Major
General Charles Baldwin, the Air Force's chief chaplain said that she wasn't
fired, only reassigned to Japan. 2
The Air Force issued an interim set of guidelines at the end of 2005-AUG concerning the free
exercise of religion . The guidelines are to be applied
beyond just the Air Force Academy; they apply to all Air Force personnel. They
may eventually be enforced across the entire Armed Forces.
Harper's Magazine reported in their 2009-MAY issue that evangelical Christian proselytization and lack of religious freedom continues within the U.S.
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- "Air Force releases prayer guidelines," Associated Press,
- "Chaplain says she was fired. Claim comes amid inquiry into alleged intolerance at AFA,"
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