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Re: “Chick-fil-A executive's planned speech at AFA draws criticism

I like Chic-Fil-A's food, but I'm not a fan of the CEOs politics--and the fact that they are very overt about them and use their charitable foundation (funded with CFA profits) to support conservative, dominionist Christian views and policies. They're certainly free to do that, but the Academy shouldn't be inviting someone who EXCLUDES and DISCRIMINATESto speak to cadets and staff unless they're ready to throw the gates open to a wide array of "negative examples." Harvey Weinstein to speak about sexual asault? David Duke to speak about diversity and inclusion--that's the same, in my mind--as asking the leader of the Chic-Fil-A Foundation to speak to cadets about leadership and inclusion. The fact is, our cadets are serving and will serve in a military with broad diversity, including many from the LGBTQ community. They should hear from those that have successful experience leading organizations like that instead of organizations that fund discrimination in the workplace. And CFA not only funds discriminatory organizations, but they most certainly discriminate against non-Christians with respect to their franchise holders/owners. They use all of the code words to get away with it, too...

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 02/14/2019 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Parents claim AFA cadet said slain Jews are "burning in hell forever"

Odin, what you write sounds good, but it's not the way the world works or how many 18-year-olds think. They're new to the military. They don't know if they can trust the system to work or not. They're scared, they're the lowest ranking creatures at the Academy, and they don't want to make a difficult life even more difficult by reporting people with more rank and power than them to people who may not protect them. Ideally, we want them to do this. Practically, if the Academy can't convince these freshman that the system can be trusted and their claims will be taken seriously, they will report their issues to the MRFF and Indy. I wish that weren't the case, but isn't the fact that they took this route evidence that the culture at the Academy isn't very functional?

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 11/07/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Parents claim AFA cadet said slain Jews are "burning in hell forever"

Bob, thanks for exemplifying the issue so well. True, the upperclass cadets might believe what you say--they're free to do so. In a private setting among like-thinking cadets (e.g., Bible study) they're welcome to discuss it. However, it's no more proper for them to make these comments in the work place (and the noon meal is the workplace at USAFA) than it would be for an instructor tell her/his students that "Religion is the opiate of the masses," thus alienating and disrespecting those students that are religious. The MRFF will defend the cadets subjected to this bias in both cases. The fact is that, in the military with its hierarchical structure, some speech is restricted for good order and discipline.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 11/02/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy dean of faculty announces retirement amid exodus of STEM professors

Uncle Andy will be missed greatly... by some cadets. Others may think he's leaving (or being forced to leave) a year or two too late.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 08/17/2018 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

And, as a contributor to the Endowment, I'm going to judge Mike Gould. I conclude that his religious views impact how he raises and dispenses funds at USAFA in support of cadets and the Academy's mission. I spent years defending his right to wear that tie. BUT, that doesn't mean I'm going to ignore it. As someone who does not share his beliefs, nor do I think he should advertise his beliefs in a magazine I support when those beliefs (IMHO) are irrelevant to his job, I hereby choose to stop giving money to the Endowment until he no longer works there. I'm free to do that, too, right? And, if enough people follow suit--and our funds are not replaced by those that give extra money BECAUSE he wears a tie like that--then the Endowment leadership may decide that they can do better under the leadership of someone other than Mike Gould.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/09/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

Yes, he's free to wear any tie he wants--and practice whatever religion he prefers. We all have freedoms like that. BUT, we're not free of the consequences these free decisions might generate. If you're working at Boeing and show up to give a presentation wearing a Lockheed-Martin tie, that might hurt your career. You may be free to grow a moustache, but if your moustache is narrow and dark, then you will not be greeted in a friendly fashion by some at the Holocaust Museum. CEO of PETA? Don't wear a fur coat to a fundraiser. It's not illegal, but it is stupid. If you're the CEO of an organization that supports the AF Academy, then a safe choice is a blue tie and/or one that has Academy images--otherwise, you're sending a mixed message about your priorities and what other factors in your life MIGHT impact decisions you make while at work. What if he'd worn a USNA or USMA tie? A nose ring? Face tattoo swatiska? All would be his right as a free American. None would be smart.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/09/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy Endowment chief wears religion on his necktie

Wow, not smart. Makes one wonder if the Endowment picked him for that job because of his religious views. It might also just be a mistake on their part for not screening/editing what was submitted, but given the long string of screw-ups in this area, it's hard to believe that this wasn't "pre-scrutinized" by someone. Didn't someone ask: "Why don't you at least wear a blue tie, if not one with USAFA theme?" At a certain level, incompetence is indistinguishable from malign intent. If I were part of a Muslim, Jewish or Atheist Cadet Club, I don't think I'd be holding my breath for support from the Endowment. How much is the Endowment putting out to support refurbishment of the Cadet Chapel?

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 03/07/2018 at 4:29 PM

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