by Pam Zubeck
UPDATE: Mikey Weinstein's stance on the Air Force Academy's Feb. 10 prayer luncheon has drawn support from an array of organizations, including the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Veterans for Common Sense, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, California Council of Churches, ACLU of Colorado and the Colorado Coalition of Reason. Some have sent the AFA superintendent letters to that effect.
(Original post at 2:06 p.m. Thursday)
The Air Force Academy's plans for the observance of National Prayer Day hves drawn more criticism from Mikey Weinstein.
Weinstein, as you should recall, is the academy grad who founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation in response to complaints from military members that the academy pushes Christianity.
Now, Weinstein is insisting the academy rescind its invitation to Marine Lt. Clebe McClary who's slated to speak at the Feb. 10 event at the Falcon Club on the academy grounds.
Here's an excerpt from Weinstein's letter to Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, academy superintendent:
Academy spokesman John Bryan says only staffers at the academy were invited, not cadets, and there is no mandatory attendance policy in place. He called McClary a "natural choice," considering he's a Vietnam War veteran who lost an eye and arm and has been decorated for his service. He's now a motivational speaker.
"Nobody is taking roll," Bryan says of attendance at the event. Although he didn't say so, Bryan made it sound like the Academy isn't taking Weinstein's request seriously, despite the fact he copied his letter to others, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Bryan directed us to McClary's website, noting there's no big push for Christianity on his site. However, there are endorsements on the website from the Rev. Billy Graham and the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and one section of the website states, "Today Clebe McClary is in the service of the Lord's Army."