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Air Force Academy football prayers openly defy, repudiate U.S. law

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Americans have long become accustomed to the cynical use of the "religious liberty" banner as a means towards disguising the theocratic aspirations of right-wing Evangelical Fundamentalist Christians.

Religion in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan -- and at the U.S. Air Force Academy?

Lawrence B. Wilkerson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence B. Wilkerson

Any U.S. citizen who believes there is not a serious problem in the U.S. Armed Forces with fundamentalist, evangelical Christianity, must be, as I often remark to my students when I describe some particularly egregious and otherwise inexplicable failing, "smoking some good stuff."

The Argument For Eliminating Military Academies

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.27.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In a Jan. 5 article for Salon, author and U.S. Naval Academy professor Bruce Fleming laid out arguments for his controversial point: military academie...

College Football, Sexual Assaults, and University Accountability

Adam Banner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

With the college football season set to officially begin on August 23, many collegiate teams find their rosters in question, with a number of football players accused of sexual assaults against other students. Should the university's investigation override a legal presumption of innocence? Maybe.

U.S. Air Force Academy To Probe Reports Of Rape, Drug Use

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2014 | College

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force Academy's superintendent ordered an investigation into the school's ath...

Op-Ed Is Wrong About Air Force Academy Cadets' Religious Rights

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) would like to specifically respond to and correct some of the egregiously erroneous statements made b...

MRFF Complains About Atheists Proselytizing at Air Force Academy? Surely Pigs Are Flying!

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

MRFF agrees with the Freethinkers Club that their group should be able to participate in S.P.I.R.E., but does not condone the manner in which these cadets chose to protest the Academy's refusal to recognize them as a S.P.I.R.E. group.

Liberty Institute's Kelly Shackelford Spreads 'Fear and Misinformation' at Air Force Academy Leadership Symposium

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."

Air Force Academy Defends Use Of Cadet Informants

Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

The United States Air Force Academy is defending its use of cadet "spies" after a local newspaper broke the story that one its informants was expelled...

The DoD's Self-Inflicted Wound

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.

USAFA Closets Are for Clothes, Not Cadets

Tom Carpenter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Carpenter

The U.S. Air Force Academy cannot give closeted cadets the personal courage to come out. That is a decision that only they can make for themselves. But what the Academy can do is recognize that there are closeted LGB cadets who find the atmosphere unwelcoming.

Lila Shapiro

Gay Cadet Lashes Out At Air Force Press Release | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Amid the recent furor over the Air Force Academy's alleged failure to uphold the law protecting gays in the military, the academy released a statement...

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Rodda

As reported by the Colorado Springs Independent, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air F...

Emails to MRFF from Two Kinds of Christians -- Those Asking For Our Help vs. Those Who Believe the Lies About Us

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

As the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I read a lot of emails that come into the foundation -- emails from supporters, from people asking for our help, and, of course, from detractors.

The Lies Used by Jay Sekulow to Defend an Oath Against Lying: An Open Letter to the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Optionally adding the words "so help me God" is, of course, anyone's right. These words, however, should not be a part of the official oath, where they inevitably lead to situations in which cadets are forced or coerced to say them.

In the Interest of Historical Accuracy and Honesty, I Must Correct Myself

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.30.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

On Sunday morning, during an appearance on CNN's New Day, I made a statement that was incorrect, so, in the interest of historical accuracy and honesty, I need to issue a correction.

Air Force Academy May Drop 'God' From Oath

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. is considering whether or not they should drop the "so help me God" portion from its honor oath after...

To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

An Uncomfortable Consequence Of The Shutdown

Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

The Air Force Academy has faced one of the most uncomfortable consequences of the government shutdown: a toilet paper shortage. Fortunately, the p...

Meet The Town Hit Hardest By The Shutdown (Hint: It's NOT D.C.)

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

Washington D.C. may be the epicenter of where the shutdown is underway but it's not actually getting hit the hardest. The Washington Post put toge...

The Air Force Academy Gets Lean

Steve Blank | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I can always tell when one of my students has been in the military. They're focused, they're world-wise past their years, and they don't break a sweat...

First Female Leader Of Air Force Academy Begins Her Tenure

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics

By Karen Brooks Aug 12 (Reuters) - The first woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy formally took command on Monday, ushering in a n...

Why Blow the Whistle? Remembering Enron

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Whether a "whistleblower," as Edward Snowden is inevitably being called, is good or bad, helpful or damaging, is an unavoidable and fundamental question, thus also inevitably divisive.

Molly O'Toole

Meet The Military Class Of 2013, The Future Of U.S. Defense | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

On Sept. 11, 2001, most of the graduates of the class of 2013 were 10 years old. When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, they weren't yet teenagers. The d...

How To Fundraise Using Half Truths And Lies: Lessons From The Family Research Council

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Apparently, the biblical admonition that "you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" has been cast aside by the FRC. As a Christian, I am indignant and embarrassed.