Friday, September 09, 2005

Where Falcons Fear to Tread, Part II

Looks like we've got a dirty, no-good proselytizer on our hands. Boy, that sounds nasty. Air Force Clears General Accused of Proselytizing at Academy Quote!

The Air Force has cleared a brigadier general accused of violating the Constitution by proselytizing non-Christian cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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The Air Force Inspector General's office investigated whether Weida violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause by "using a religious communicative code to facilitate the proselytizing of non-Christian cadets."

Weida, an evangelical Christian, was investigated for his outspoken promotion of faith and had been criticized for promoting the National Day of Prayer in an e-mail message.

Gasp! Promoting faith and prayer? And in an "outspoken" manner, no less! The lousy trickster. Do these villians have even a shred of common human decency?

Though this sarcasm is fun, I must set it aside. Having a curious and abiding interest in this Air Force kerfuffle I downloaded and read the whole report (an investigation!). The "crimes" in question including leading prayers, being open about their Christian faith and having the gall to defend their faith to unbelievers. Apparently, this is outrageous.

Yawn. As a student at a secular university (Go Aztecs!), I had my faith mocked, derided and otherwise assailed in many of my classes. So what. I got over it. It made me tougher.

Also, as to whether the Establishment Clause was "violated" ... I am no constitutional scholar, but ... the establishment clause reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (emphasis mine)

Please tell me how a Christian General living out his Christian faith violates this.