Air Force Report: Cadets “Content” with Religious Freedom
The Air Force Times reports that the recent team led by General (ret) Patrick Gamble to assess the religious climate at the Air Force Academy found cadets were actually more fed up with bad press than they were at issue with their religious freedoms:
Air Force Academy cadets are happy overall with their level of religious freedom there but are distressed by the “constant negative press” the academy receives…
The AFTimes cited the MRFF as the source of the report, as it has not been publicly released; however, the AFTimes appears to have come to quite a different conclusion than Michael Weinstein’s crew. In fact, the short article concluded with this apparent summary:
The team found that cadets, faculty and staff “expressed a near-uniform belief that they can (and do) make their own choices to participate — or not — in religious activities, without repercussion,” according to the report. But it found that cadets feel “that mistaken or uninformed assertions are one-sided and tend to be blown way out of proportion” by the media.
This theme has been present in every similar review since Weinstein’s initial complaint more than 5 years ago. (At the time, some cadets first heard about the supposed ‘coercive religious environment’ they were in from the media.) Of course, Weinstein and his MRFF are the source of “mistaken or uninformed assertions” which he then “blows out of proportion.” Weinstein berated the assessment before it even occurred, and his ally on the USAFA faculty appears to continue the trend.
The following comment was posted below the MRFF’s Chris Rodda’s article on this subject.
Why does the Dean of Faculty at the AF Academy remain?
Dean of Faculty Brigader General Dana Born has commited academic malpractice claiming that it was a scientific study using random sampling. Such a claim in an undergraduate research paper would laughed at and given an “F” at a respectable university. Add this to her long history of religious bigotry, and one should ask why is she Dean of the Air Force Academy?
by David Mullin
More accurately, add this to Mullin’s other repetitive and hateful attacks on his own employer, supervisors, and institution, and one should ask why he is still employed by the Air Force Academy…