The Air Force Academy, still recovering from rape and sexual harassment scandals, [Ed note: The Academy is recovering?? How about the hundreds of female cadets who were raped, assaulted, harassed - and then intimidated (and sometimes raped again) when they reported??] is facing charges that some Christian cadets have bullied and berated Jews and students of other religious backgrounds.If the US military gradually becomes a religious organization, whether officially or surreptitiously... well, it's not hard to imagine some terrifying consequences. Onward Christian soldiers indeed.
School officials said Tuesday they had received 55 complaints over the last few months and were requiring students - and eventually all employees - to attend a course on religious tolerance.
"Some complaints had to do with people ... saying bad things about persons of other religions or proselytizing in inappropriate places," said academy spokesman Johnny Whitaker. "There have been cases of maliciousness, mean-spiritedness and attacking or baiting someone over religion."
About 90% of the academy's 4,300 cadets identify themselves as Christians; the school's commandant, Brig. Gen. Johnny A. Weida, describes himself as a born-again Christian.
Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate and a lawyer in Albuquerque, said that his son Curtis - a sophomore at the academy - had been called a "filthy Jew."
"When I visited my son, he told me he wanted us to go off base because he had something to tell me," Weinstein said. "He said, 'They are calling me a ... Jew and that I am responsible for killing Christ.'"
After reading the New York Times editorial "Zealots at the Air Force Academy", I found this story on Truthout (original from the L.A. Times no longer available).