Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Conversion therapist at the Air Force Academy is under fire

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

click to enlarge Fanning is being asked to fire Rosebush. - AIR FORCE WEBSITE
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  • Fanning is being asked to fire Rosebush.
We started working on a story about Dr. Mike Rosebush some three weeks ago. You can read our complete report in tomorrow's edition. But meantime, the word is spreading like wildfire about Rosebush, who believes in conversion therapy and now works at the Air Force Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Before the ink was dry on our paper, which is on the press today, one of several sources quoted in our story zipped off a letter to Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, calling for the dismissal of Rosebush. Fanning is the highest-ranking Pentagon official who has come out publicly as being gay.

That source was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. It should be noted that according to academy sources, Rosebush does not counsel or work directly with cadets.

Here are highlights from the letter:

Dear Acting Secretary Fanning,
With great shock and an enormous sense of disgust, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has been informed of the notorious anti-gay bigot Dr. Mike Rosebushʼs employment at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Needless to say, the employment of a fundamentalist Christian, “gay conversion therapy” advocate comes as a grave insult and palpable threat to USAFAʼs lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) cadets, staffers, and faculty members, including MRFFʼs 27 LGB clients at the Academy. Accordingly, MRFF demands that USAFA immediately terminate the employment of the notorious homophobe Rosebush.

The mind literally boggles at the wretched thought of Rosebush being employed at USAFA anywhere, but especially at a place described as the Academy's "Center for Character and Leadership Development"! Mike Rosebush has absolutely no place in the hallowed halls of our military service academies. Such casehardened proponents of old-school horrific bigotry and putrescent prejudice, if employed by the United States Air Force Academy, will no doubt use their positions to erode and denigrate the precious civil rights of airmen, cadets, faculty and staff. We call on the leadership of the United States Air Force to expeditiously and comprehensively root out this menace to good order, morale, and discipline at USAFA.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation demands that USAFA exercises its responsibility towards the civil rights and protections of cadets, staff, and faculty, and immediately terminate the employment of “ex-gay” fraudster Dr. Mike Rosebush.

The academy provided some information about Rosebush, which you can read in tomorrow's Independent. It also issued this statement at about 12:30 p.m. today:

Dr. Rosebush respectfully declines all interviews, and wants to express how honored he is to work at USAFA — where we develop and commission officers of character. Also, he emphasizes that we at USAFA are committed to respecting the human dignity of everyone.

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