I’ve come into this discussion a little late, but I have gone through the pain of reading through the article and all 50+ comments on this page. If you take a look through this entire comment thread, it’s actually pretty illuminating. We have an article where Pam Zubeck briefly describes some pretty weighty stuff in the latest release of documents from USAFA. What we see revealed through the words of Academy staff like Dana Born, and others, is an extreme annoyance at being asked to address issues of religious freedom by the MRFF. These grown, professional officers speak in snide and degrading tones about any request or complaint that Mikey Weinstein forwards to them. It doesn’t seem to upset them that so many cadets feel they have to go to MRFF instead of using their chain of command. But given this dismissive and juvenile attitude of the most senior officers at USAFA, it’s no god damned wonder that a culture has sprung up at this place where cadets feel they have to reach out to MRFF. Others seem to be omplying (or outright accusing) Pam Zubeck of spinning this story, but there really isn’t much to spin here: the Air Force Academy, at the direction of its most senior officers, is dragging its feet on this issue, and clearly does not take this issue seriously.
The string of comments paints a very telling picture. Scores of different grads, and others who have been involved at USAFA have come forward to acknowledge the problem at USAFA, and thank Mikey for his hard work. They have engaged in a long battle of words with one commenter, Ender, who is pulling out all the stops and using all the misdirection he can to convince these people there is no problem.
But you’ve already lost the argument Ender. When you have childish remarks like this from senior officers, and so many different people who have given first hand accounts of this cultural sickness in our Air Force Academy, then you have an obvious problem. You can add my name to that list of grads. Thanks to Mikey and the MRFF, a lot of good progress has been made on this issue, and life has been made easier for many cadets. But there is still work to be done, and now is no time to stop.
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