Is it the Air Force Academy
or a Fundamentalist Christian Military Ministry
? That's the question raised in a video airing on television stations in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and reportedly, soon in Denver.
The video was produced by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and pivots around a comment made by an academy Preparatory School athletic trainer and assistant athletic director, Allen Willoughby
, in an e-mail to MRFF
founder Mikey Weinstein
The comment is this: "I am on staff at USAFA and will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone that I work with."
Despite proselytizing being a violation of Defense Department
and Air Force
policy, the academy has taken no action against Willoughby, giving rise to a billboard in north Colorado Springs
and this video.
From a news release pointing out the billboard:
A litany of previous religious liberty violations at USAFA, also exposed by MRFF, have led to alleged “thorough investigations” by the U.S. Air Force and supposed continued efforts to establish a “religious sensitivity training regimen.” As recently as mid-October, 2013, Mr. Weinstein met personally with USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson to inform her of several unconstitutional religious civil rights violations affecting cadets, staff and faculty at USAFA.
However, Weinstein has subsequently decried the recently-appointed Superintendent for her inability or unwillingness to challenge the deep-rooted Christian fundamentalist dominance existing at the Academy.