The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.Because the Christians have to remind the rest of us that we are evil and will burn in hell.
But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there.
Things haven't changed that much.
In 2004, an academy survey found that many cadets felt that evangelical Christians were imposing their views and harassing non-Christians at the schoolAnd just wait for the powers-that-be to get involved. They will clear things up.
Or maybe not
Weinstein [1977 graduate of the academy and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation] did not attend the meeting but said that faculty members who did described the official reaction as tepid.But it's only those damn wiccans, so who cares about being tolerant? Or fair, or respectful, or whatever.
One faculty member, who attended and asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, supported Weinstein's characterization of the meeting.
The reaction would have been stronger, Weinstein said, if another worship center had been involved. Had a swastika been placed in the Jewish center, "heads would be rolling," he said.