Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Air Force Report on Religion at the Academy

The task force looking into complaints of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy "found an institution grappling with a challenge that is the subject of significant debate in the public arena." To use the Air Force's words.

The report has been released.

It claims there was no intentional discrimination. But that the AFA failed to meet the needs of different religions among cadets:

"The (Air Force) team found a religious climate that does not involve overt religious discrimination, but a failure to fully accommodate all members' needs and a lack of awareness where the line is drawn between permissible and impermissible expression of beliefs."

A chaplain, Capt Melinda Morton, who raised concerns about the religious climate at the AFA, resigned her commission after 13 years yesterday.

The AFA has gotten 55 complaints of religious intolerance, discrimination, or persecution over the past 5 years.

The Air Force has put out four statements on religious tolerance over the course of rising complaints at the Air Force Academy.

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