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Re: “'I'm done with him'

I'm familiar with Col Hughes' bio, and impressed with his good works.....from Korea to Old Colorado City to Nepal. But, sorry Colonel, you're way off base on this issue.

You said, "I am sick and tired of all you atheists, agnostics, witch, and earth worshippers trying to FORCE the AFA Command to follow YOUR dictates as to what is, or is not, 'religiously acceptable or 'religious biased.' Start your own Atheist Air Academy if you are so worried about what YOUR acceptable cadets believe or do not believe." Atheist Air Force Academy? Isn't the one that we have supposed to welcome everyone? Doesn't it fall into the same religious test criteria as the rest of our government? Isn't the Air Force Academy under the blanket of the Constitution, and doesn't that Constitution prohibit the establishment of religion? Did I miss when the US Air Force Academy was rechristened as the Christian Air Force Academy? Because, unless that's happened, an Atheist Air Force Academy is (or SHOULD be) unnecessary.

You also said, "As far as I am concerned Mickey Weinstein is just as intolerant of ANYONE'S belief system other than HIS OWN..." Colonel Hughes, nothing could be further from the truth. I've known Mikey since my Academy days back in the 70s. He is completely tolerant of everyone's beliefs, or their lack of beliefs. His clients include people from many different religions (including Christians) as well as people with no religion. All are welcome. What Mikey is railing against isn't anyone's religion; he's opposed to someone in a military setting pushing their own religion down others' throats, particularly downward along the chain of command.

This is the issue in a nutshell. It's not about prohibiting anyone from their beliefs. It's about prohibiting everyone from forcing their beliefs onto others.

Col Hughes, you disappoint me with your closed-mindedness on this issue. We are not a Christian Nation. Our doors are supposed to be open to all beliefs.

Keep doing what you do, Mikey. Sooner or later, people will realize that you're not AGAINST any religion, but FOR the ability to practice ANY religion, or none at all. Why is that controversial? One would think that, in America, this is the desired end state.

Posted by Maynerd on 08/24/2011 at 12:15 PM

Re: “'I'm done with him'

It seems to me the Powers That Be at the Academy patted Mikey on the head, and expected he'd be satisifed. "There, there, Mikey. We'll look into it. Thank you for your concern." When instead, all he wants is for the religious climate at the Academy to become all-embracing. Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Flying Spaghetti Monster....all should be welcome.

Now, those same Powers That Be are irritated that Mikey didn't go away following the pat on the head. Perhaps if they addressed the problem, he'd back away from the vitriol.

Ignoring the problem will not make the problem go away. One would think the leadership of one of our country's premier educational institutions would understand that.

Rather than apologizing for forwarding his complaints, might it not be a better idea to eliminate the root cause of those complaints? Crazy thought, isn't it?

Mikey Weinstein isn't the problem. The Academy Leadership's unwillingness to hear his message is the true problem.


Posted by Maynerd on 08/18/2011 at 2:34 PM

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