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Re: “'I'm done with him'

Not to pile on Col Hughes, whose service and seniority are noteworthy, however, he does miss the point in believing only athiests and witches are being harrassed at the Academy and in the military. I experienced the same treatment as Catholic; and it is no different for other faiths and nonfaiths.

I would ask the Colonel a question however about his own experience as an infantry platoon, company and battalion commander in Korea and Viet Nam: would you alienate your subordinates, upon whom your mission and your life depend, by calling them 'Christ killers," kikes, godless heathens, or unfit to serve because they were not evangelical christians? As you've attained the rank of O-6, I must assume you were a very effective officer and cannot imagine you would have been so effective by dividing your forces on religious lines, much less racial or geographic lines.

Your mission was to build an effective fighting force, not destroy the force by harrassing your troops. This issue is no different and I only hope you misunderstand what is going on at the Academies and in the US military at this time.

Posted by ohiohuman on 08/26/2011 at 6:54 AM

Re: “'I'm done with him'

I'm a simple guy, but I did graduate from the Academy (before the "Troubles"), taught there and served in the AF for 29 years. To me the bottom line is this: these officers are violating their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and are instead undermining it. Evangelical Christianity has taken over, not just the Academy, but the service as a whole for more than the past decade.

Multiple commanders I worked for spoke directly about Jesus from their positions of legal authority on a daily basis, directly asked subordinates where they attend church, urged them to date only Christian women and quoted scripture at every turn.

My oldest daughter was scared off attending the Academy by the sex abuse/cover-up scandal several years ago; my second daughter is mortified by the abuse she's certain awaits her as a Catholic and will no longer consider this institution. Sadly, I'm out of children and can wait no longer for the Academy to be the incredible institution it once was.

It will take time, but the evangelical Academy leadership will lose this insane battle to create an Academy and service devoted to one small religous sect. Sadly, they will forever stain the institution and its graduates, even in their defeat.

My thanks to Mikey Winestein and his family for trying to make the military a place where all Americans who are called to serve their country may do so without fear, intimidation or ridicule.

Posted by ohiohuman on 08/18/2011 at 7:59 PM

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