FRC, Other Groups Vow Support for Cadets Revolting Against Removal of Bible Verse
By Harold Hutchison
Cadets at the Air Force Academy who have been posting verses from the Bible and the Koran will have backup should there be an effort to discipline them. The news comes in the wake of new threats from Mikey Weinstein against the Air Force.
According to reports from multiple media outlets, the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition announced they would provide legal aid after news broke that a number of cadets had staged a “revolt” after a Christian student was asked to remove Galatians 2:20 (“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”) from his whiteboard. The removal came within hours of Weinstein’s protest.
“This latest incident at the United States Air Force Academy reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of religious freedom. Not only is the notion that cadets have to abandon or hide their faith as a requisite of military service not supported by law, it is actually discriminatory to brave men and women of faith that desire to serve their country,” Liberty Counsel Chairman Matthew Staver said in a statement put out by the coalition of 24 organizations, which includes the Center for Military Readiness, the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Thomas More Law Center.
Weinstein has threatened to sue the Air Force if the cadets who have placed quotes from the Bible and Koran are not punished. Among his demands are that the cadet who posted the quote from Galatians 2:20 be court-martialed, and he has also called for those who have taken part in what he characterizes as a “revolt” to face non-judicial punishment.