Air Force Academy Legal Issues
 

    The Air Force Academy is a special case in that it is both an academic institution that grants degrees (i.e., university degrees) and an active Air Force installation.  So here are some documents to help get an understanding of what has gone on there since 2004 when it was charged there was religious discrimination against non-Christians at the Academy.


    Some quotes from “The Report of the Headquarter’s Review Group Concerning the Religious Climate at the U.S. AIr Force Academy”:


“...The HQ USAF team found a religious climate that does not involve overt religious discrimination, but a failure to fully accommodate all members’ needs and a lack of awareness over where the line is drawn between permissible and impermissible expression of beliefs....”


AND


“...The team also researched the background behind the widely reported “55 complaints,” in reality a collection of observations and events reported by about thirteen people, and purported to have taken place over a four-year period...”


    Here are some key documents to help you better understand the allegations and the report from the Pentagon.  Also find follow-up reports that points to other details and the expansion of the story to the whole of the military.  To gain access to the information, hover your cursor on the underlined portion of each line and click on the link that is provided:


Documents and Links listed (roughly) chronologically (most recent at the bottom of the list):


    The Allegations: 050428AirForceReport.pdf

    HQ Investigation & Final Report: http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/HQ_Review_Group_Report.pdf

    News Article on AF Evangelistic Policy: Air Force.jpg

    Government Moves to Dismiss: News Article on USAFA.pdf

    Atheist View of Lawsuit: http://atheism.about.com/b/2006/11/05/court-dismisses-religion-lawsuit-against-air-force.htm

    Christian Fascists: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2005/04/125807_comment.php

    Charge of Whitewash:http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2005/06/acad-j27.html

    ACLJ Opinion: http://aclj.org/military-rights/prayer-and-religion-in-the-military

    Widening Investigation: http://www.baptiststandard.com/resources/archives/45-2005-archives/3676-air-force-academy-investigation-widens61305

    AF Releases Revised Religious Guidelines:http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123016168

    Over the Top: http://thebroadside.freedomblogging.com/2011/01/26/anti-religious-bigotry-and-intolerance-at-the-military-religious-freedom-foundation/

    Officer’s Christian Fellowship on Religious Rights: http://www.ocfusa.org/static/uploads/religious-rights-series.pdf

    Patheos Commentary: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2008/06/back-into-the-military-god-wars/

    Confirmation on Prosecution: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/01/Breaking-Pentagon-Confirms-Will-Court-Martial-Soldiers-Who-Share-Christian-Faith

    Military Hostile to Religion?: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/02/military-ban-proselytizing/2129189/

    Court-Martial Proselytizers?: http://politix.topix.com/homepage/5992-is-the-us-military-really-planning-to-court-martial-christian-soldiers-who-proselytize

    Weinstein Restrained:  http://www.afa.net/action-alerts/finally-the-air-force-grounds-mikey-weinstein/

    Weinstein Not Removed From List: http://www.afa.net/action-alerts/afa-rejects-demand-by-atheist-mikey-weinstein/