A former White House counsel discovered that the harassment his sons faced as Jewish cadets was far from an isolated problem, but part of the fundamentalist Christian takeover of the Air Force Academy.
The president can't be expected to personally vet every military officer who is up for promotion, but I have to wonder how the president would feel about having rubber stamped the promotion of this particular officer.
A report from Al Jazeera expertly covers a topic the US media has been reluctant to address: an aggressive effort to advance a heavily sectarian, supremacist form of Christianity in the United States military.
They used to put Scripture like this on t-shirts in my Southern Baptist youth group, to get us kids pumped about spending the first week of summer, the first taste of freedom...quietly studying the Bible.
Obviously, by citing the regulation prohibiting the materials he was passing out as something that was hindering his proselytizing, Capt. Mickel was admitting that he knew what he was doing violated regulations.
One decorated officer, a man who repeatedly risks his life, could not muster the courage to resist the pressure of his "serious and committed born again Christian" commanding officer to applaud Rick Warren.