Air Force Academy Cadets Challenge Removal of Bible Verse
By Harold Hutchison
Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are staging a revolt in protest over the removal of a bible verse from the whiteboard on a cadets door. Now, multiple cadets are posting verse from not just the Bible, but the Koran.
According to a report by TheBlaze.com, the offending verse was 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.” It was removed following a complaint from Mikey Weinstein, who has attempted to suppress religious expression in the military.
Officials at the Air Force Academy had declined to punish the cadet, citing the fact that no misconduct had occurred. “We don't see misconduct here but the division between your personal room and the hallway is a gray area,” Lt. Col. Brus Vidal told Fox News commentator Todd Starnes.
Weinstein, though, demanded punishment, not only for the original cadet, but also for those who are now posting the verses, saying that the Air Force should use “non-judicial punishment at the very least” to put down the revolt. One photo of a graphic featured a quote from the Koran, but also had comments supporting Buddhism, Christianity, and Pastafarianism.
“It appears that the Air Force now believes Bible verses are now a violation of AFI 1-1,” Michael Berry of the Liberty Institute told Fox News. “If the cadet didn’t violate any rules, then why was the quote removed?” Berry asked, noting the lack of punishment.
Weinstein has threatened a lawsuit if the Air Force Academy does not act against the revolting cadets.