Fire him and anyone else at the academy who is involved in the local cults. Seriously, if it were discovered that senior personnel at the academy were all members of a local mosque would anyone oppose cleaning house? It's not about religious freedom, it's about having core beliefs which are incompatible with government service in a nondiscriminatory environment.
Since we can't force Focus On The Family to move, then maybe we need to move the Air Force Academy out of their reach.
Farro is wheat.
I would have thought having good character to be part of the screening process for admission to the academy...that only those whose upbringing has developed within them a strong sense of right and wrong, who have natural leadership abilities, whose parents did the sort of developmental work that is ingrained more than learned, would all be requirements for young people in whom we would invest so much money, count on to lead troops in combat, and receive a first education at our expense.
And yet we have the faculty screening process coming under review to assure political correctness...and sensitivity.
How are these cadets with over indulged sensitivities ever going to face the harsh reality of a world that could care less about how they feel, and only wants to kill them?
The question is "what is the good reason for him being there?"
There appears to be no good reason to require each cadet to have individual, confidential contact with this man, and to give him influence over their evaluation and careers.
Given this man's investment of his life's work into homoeroticism, and pathologizing it, on the face of it this is an arrangement that invites him to be a sexual predator on hundreds--no, thousands--of young men.
Live it up.
Going ''slow and cautious'' is code for picking friends for a little quid pro quo...period. Those with the say-so will be bought and paid for by the in-crowd. Isn't it also time to talk about how high the prices can be jacked up?
Rich, you write humor but your family pieces are the best. Thanks for sharing...your dad sets a high standard.
We voted on it November 5th...
You are local, there needs to be an investigation into the possible collusion and fraud that may be occurring at the USAF Academy via its hiring practices. We know that many fundamentalist churches and organization like Focus on the Family promote and support a process of tithing 10% of your income to the church. Is there a direct correlation at the Academy of Officials hiring people who attend the churches they are member of, or fellow supporters of organizations like Focus on the Family that would receive a direct financial gain if they were given preference for employment over other candidates? Clearly the doubling down by the USAF Academy Leadership in this case, including their pubic distortion of the truth, otherwise knows as lies, concerning the recent meeting with Gay and Lesbian Cadets is the tip of a coverup. What are they covering up and why? One suggestion is that the USAF Academy has been using Federal Funds to enrich local churches and organization via its hiring practices that have given preference to a religious minority. Just a possibility, perhaps you can dig deeper and clarify. Thanks
I am not sure whether or not the Academy is a "safe and validating place to be LGBQ" was ever the issue here. The issue was the hiring of a staff member as Chief of Coaching Development when his background focus was the clear attempt to convert gays with conversion therapy (something that has been discredited). On top of that he was hired out of Focus on the Family, a right-wing religious organization that repeatedly has condemned gays based upon their religious beliefs. If Mr. Rosebush has never attempted to force his religious beliefs upon cadets and is impartial regarding his dealings with staff and cadets then there is no problem. If however, he is using this as a bully pulpit for Focus on the Family, and it is well known, I think any logical person would object.
I remember only one thing vividly since I was very young - and that was the funeral procession. Especially the riderless horse with the backward boots and the constant drum beat. I can still recall the exact sound of that drum beat to this day.
P.S. I also remember being upset that the usual Saturday morning cartoons were not on the TV due to continuous live coverage of all the Washington DC activities (remember there were only three TV channels at the time).
Great, the Academy hires an obviously anti-gay Conversion Therapy Practitioner to connect with cadets (however indirectly) through character and leadership? Doesn't Human Resources, or the AF Career Program, ever do background checks?
look up US patent number 6630507. that is all the answer and proof you need. for those too lazy that patent us held by the S government on the medical benefits of marijuana
And sorry, I complimented the writer earlier, but it can't be said enough: Thanks, Laura, for writing this.
You guys are right, but Reefer Madness" brainwashing still runs deep :(
they believe what their leaders tell them to believe. but I bet in the coming years that will change.
It's not about religion - for there are plenty of qualified Christian counsellors who haven't driven patients to suicide.
" It's like you talk about desegregation and you hire someone from the KKK."
Exactly. It's not that they're white - it's that they're aryan supremacists.
Here it's not that he's an Evangelical Christian - it's that the record shows his attitude towards Jews, Gays, Catholics and other sinners is less than professional.
I will listen harder to the "If you don't live here..." sentiments on the day that PARMMS shuns comments from those on the page that don't live in Manitou :) Till then -- can't we all just behave like adults with different opinions?
And I meant that I loved him unconditionally, I didn't say that he did.
Love and have compassion and be positive than judge every fucking body and be negative which is EASIER to do. My perception is my reality. I see where you are coming from and I respect you for voicing your opinion. But please understand that this man impacted my life more than anyone I know. I'm heart broken over it all. Please show some compassion.
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