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Monday, November 29, 2004

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 Religious discrimination at Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy cadets suffer discrimination if they do not participate in religious events. According to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette, cadets are hesitant to officially complain about the pro-Christian atmosphere for fear of reprisal:
[A]n August cadet survey found more than half of cadets reported hearing religious slurs, comments and jokes, and that a third of non-Christian cadets said they feel Christian cadets were given preferential treatment....

"If you weren’t part of the prayer groups and all of that, there were negative feelings shown toward you. If you wanted to advance and get leadership positions, you better get in with the Jesus crowd."

Despite continuing complaints from cadets and local groups, the Air Force football coach recently posted a banner reading "I am a member of Team Jesus Christ".

I would be surprised if similar activity didn't go on at the other service academies.

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