At the U.S. Air Force Academy, jets aren't the only things taking off. So is a campus-wide rebellion against the forces of political correctness. Frustrated by the school's decision to scrub a Bible verse from one of the dorm whiteboards, cadets decided to take matters into their own hands. In a show of defiance, Bible verses started popping up on dry erase boards throughout the dorms – outraging the anti-Christian "tolerance" police at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
This latest controversy boiled over earlier this week, when MRFF insisted that a verse from Galatians, posted on a cadet's personal hallway whiteboard, somehow created a "hostile environment." MRFF's Mikey Weinstein pressed for the cadet – and any officer(s) who ignored the display – to be punished for "misconduct."
FRC's Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) couldn't believe what he was hearing. "Once the academy allowed cadets to use these whiteboards for their personal use, censorship of religious commentary is unacceptable. Either the Air Force is very confused about the Constitution of the United States or they don't really believe in the liberties that are provided by that document." In an almost comical overstatement, MRFF said, "[The message] massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism, and supremacy at USAFA." Lt. Col. Denise Cooper agreed, calling the display "wrong" and suggesting that the Academy use the complaint as "a teachable moment." more >>
Last week a "humanist" group filed a lawsuit in Prince George's County, Md., demanding the removal from public land of a 40-foot cross memorializing the 49 local soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War. Across the country in Lake Elsinore, Calif., a judge ruled against a proposed monument that would have depicted a soldier kneeling before a small cross marking the grave of a fallen comrade (something soldiers actually do, by the way).
In the same town, a mother recently removed a roadside cross honoring her son - killed in an accident - after secularists raised objections even to a small roadside memorial. Heartbreaking video of the mother removing the cross.
Of course these are not the only cross cases. In fact, just last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the American Atheists' attempt to remove the famed Ground Zero Cross from a museum exhibit, claiming that its inclusion in the September 11 Museum and Memorial violated the Constitution. What's next? Lawsuits against religious-themed paintings in public art galleries? more >>
A city in Iowa is deciding what to do with an image of Jesus on one of its fire trucks after receiving a local "friendly complaint" that the image was not inclusive of all faiths.
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says it is currently looking for a solution regarding the image found on the bucket of one of its 100-foot long aerial ladder trucks. The image shows a firefighter in full gear, while behind him is a silhouette of a man holding a staff. Although some residents point out the image is open to interpretation, many others say it represents the classic image of Jesus. Underneath the image reads Psalm 23:1, which says, "The Lord is my shepherd."
The image has reportedly been on the fire truck since the vehicle was purchased by the fire department in 1997. The department recently received a call from the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission after the commission received a "friendly complaint" from a local resident who questioned if government dollars were used to paint the image of Jesus on the truck. more >>
The Liberty Institute expressed "outrage" at the decision of a Colorado-based Air Force Academy to have a cadet's Bible verse erased from the whiteboard that hangs outside of his dorm room.
The Bible passage was removed following a complaint from Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. A spokesperson for the academy said the cadet would not be punished for his Bible post.
"If the cadet didn't violate any rules, then why was the quote removed?" Michael Berry, Liberty Institute's senior counsel and director of Military Affairs, said in a statement. more >>
The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.
The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read.
Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. more >>
Even though the majority of our nation and our generation is pro-life, many high school and college administrations still treat those with pro-life views as second class citizens, acting as if we should just be grateful when they let us host a speaker or put up a flyer they have tried to censor.
Their excuse is always the same: "Your display/flyer/speaker is too offensive to others and too disruptive to our learning environment."
And I have to agree with them one point, abortion is offensive. Deceiving women and killing babies is offensive. It offends me, which is why I seek to abolish abortion. But how have we become a society that shields young people, those most targeted by the abortion industry, from discussing topics that might be uncomfortable or offend their sensibilities? more >>