The Liberty Institute recently published a 2014 edition of a 400-page report entitled “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America” (PDF). Sections I, II, and III are “attacks” in the public arena, schoolhouse, and against churches and other religious ministries, respectively.
For the first time, the report now includes a dedicated Section IV: “Attacks in the Military.”
Similar in theme to the “Clear and Present Danger” published by the Family Research Council, the Liberty Institute report includes a list of 46 incidents representative of the hostility toward religion within the US military [emphasis added]:
Hostility once unthinkable, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs telling grieving families as they arrive at their loved one’s funeral site that they may not have a religious funeral service, is becoming increasingly routine. Another line of hostility is a new wave of lawsuits attempting to eliminate all symbolism that touches on the numinous from our nation’s veterans memorials…
Religious freedom in the military is protected by the U.S. Constitution, Department Read more
After accusations the US Air Force Academy could not justify hiring Dr. Mike Rosebush, the Academy has now said it will review its hiring practices to make sure they are
legally sound, equitable and unbiased
The Academy has repeatedly said that Dr. Rosebush has performed his duties well and there have been no complaints. Still, USAFA said they will “specifically focus” on his hiring. Three homosexual USAFA cadets — presumably those who would have been most harmed by Dr. Rosebush, according to critics — even told the press they’d never heard of Dr. Rosebush until his name came up in the press.
According to at least one talking head, some of USAFA’s response to the criticisms of Dr. Rosebush has fed the fires. The Air Force Academy has repeatedly emphasized that Dr. Rosebush Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein seems to be waging a war by billboard (and judging by his previous efforts, Lamar advertising seems to be the main benefactor). This time, Weinstein publicized an email quote from a staff member of the US Air Force Academy Prep School:
The photo was provided by the MRFF, and faithful ally Pam Zubeck dutifully reprinted it at the CSIndy.
Unfortunately for the MRFF, a substantial majority of the people who saw and commented on it read only the quote from Willoughby — and then praised Willoughby’s sentiment.
A few did say Willoughby had “violated his oath as an officer” and Read more
The Associated Press picked up on Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s complaint about Allen Willoughby, an athletic trainer at the US Air Force Academy Prep School who sent Weinstein an email after Weinstein’s complaint about “So Help Me God.” As published by Weinstein’s ally Pam Zubeck at the Colorado Springs Independent, the email said:
…God will always be a part of the US Military even when you are gone to meet him face to face. You know you can do a lot for the homeless veterans out here but you could care less about them but when it comes to Christians you are willing to fight against us, well you will never win and so you know the war has already been won. I am on staff at USAFA and will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone that I work with. Do something productive with your life and Stop harassing the fine people at USAFA. I really pray for your soul.
Zubeck provocatively titled her blog
Academy athletic trainer vows to proselytize on campus
Presumably, Zubeck is at least trying to appear to be a journalist, albeit one who apparently does not deign to use a dictionary. As is evident to the rest of the world, the Prep School trainer did not “vow to proselytize.”
For his part, Weinstein almost Read more