Air Force Academy Sanctions “Ask an Atheist Day”

The Freethinkers Club at the Air Force Academy tables for “Ask an Atheist Day.” Photo courtesy of Jason Torpy and Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.
The Freethinkers Club at the Air Force Academy tables for “Ask an Atheist Day.” Photo courtesy of Jason Torpy and Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.

An Atheist event is being promoted by the Air Force Academy only a week after a cadet was forced to take down a Bible verse from his dorm room white board.

The verse in question was Galatians 2:20, which includes the text, “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” It was originally placed on the dorm room door’s white board, which was seen as a problem to Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Freedom Foundation, who filed a formal complaint at the Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force Academy. Weinstein said that 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members reached out to him to complain about the scripture, which was visible to any who walked by the room’s closed door.

“It clearly elevated one religious faith over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,” Weinstein said to FoxNews.com’s Todd Starnes. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at [the academy].”

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But while the flames are still blazing over what Weinstein calls a revolt, the Academy has no issue promoting an event entitled “Ask An Athiest Day” on Academy grounds.

“There may be some circumstantial differences between the ‘Ask an Atheist’ event and Operation Christmas Child and I understand that,” Michael Berry, an attorney with Liberty Institute described after the Air Force Academy backed out of the 2011 Operation Christmas Child toy program following pressure from Weinstein. “The perception is being created among the public and the parents and the cadets that the Academy is showing favoritism or in this case it’s showing animosity and hostility toward anything religious. If the Air Force Academy is going to allow atheists to host a discussion, they need to be showing the same level of openness to non-atheists – specifically Christians.”

Interestingly enough, even Mikey Weinstein agrees. “”They are proselytizing for atheism,” Weinstein told the Gazette. “What if this was ask a Muslim day or ask an Evangelical Christian Day?”

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SOURCE: Shawn Schuster 
Gospel Herald

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