February 15, 2006

The USAF is afraid of evangelicals

I'm getting really tired of Focus on the Family and other religious zealots forcing their views on the rest of us, but apparently the Air Force doesn't have a problem with it.

The Air Force, under pressure from evangelical Christian groups and members of Congress, softened its guidelines on religious expression yesterday to emphasize that superior officers may discuss their faith with subordinates and that chaplains will not be required to offer nonsectarian prayers.

I don't know about you, but if my superior officer started asking me if I'm saved or I've accepted Jesus, I'd be a little uncomfortable telling him to buzz off.

These "revised" guidelines essentially soften ones issued earlier this year after an outcry by several secular students at the Academy.

More on this at Balloon Juice, and earlier posts about it from me here, here, and here.

Here's a very well-written piece deploring this action from a Baptist pastor.

Posted by Linkmeister at February 15, 2006 12:01 AM | TrackBack

The sister of my son's best friend is in her second year at the Academy and she hates the atmosphere. It apparently really is oppressive. She's non-religious and the efforts to "save" her have been aggressive. She can't wait to get out of there.

Posted by: Kate at February 16, 2006 03:40 AM

Yuk. 2+ years to go, too. I wonder how many cadets quit rather than tolerate it.

Posted by: Linkmeister at February 16, 2006 04:29 PM