Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Where Falcons Fear to Tread, Part III

This is veering into bad parody. The Associated Press reports that Graduate offers to settle with Academy. Quote!

A Jewish graduate of the Air Force Academy who filed a lawsuit alleging officers and cadets at the school illegally imposed Christianity on others has offered to settle the suit if the Air Force bars proselytizing.

Mikey Weinstein said in an interview today with The Associated Press that he wants the Air Force to stop wasting "time, effort, blood, sweat, tears and money" and agree to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Sam Bregman of Albuquerque, Weinstein's attorney, asked the Air Force today to agree to a stipulated order in federal court that no one in the Air Force, including a chaplain, will "in any way attempt to involuntarily convert, pressure, exert or persuade a fellow member of the USAF to accept their own religious beliefs while on duty." Bregman also asked that the service not permit or advance one religion over another, or over no religion.

He made the offer in a letter faxed to Mary L. Walker, the Air Force's top lawyer in Washington.

"As you can plainly see, we are asking for nothing more than the Constitution already requires of the United States Air Force," Bregman wrote.

An Air Force spokeswoman was not immediately available to take a call from the AP.

Remember, we are talking about chaplains here. In other words, this cadet would like to bar ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ from telling people about the Gospel. The saddest part is that the AFA will probably capitulate to this "offer."

As for "asking nothing more than the Constitution already requires of the United States Air Force" ... the Constitution requires nothing of the United States Air Force other than to comply with the orders of the Commander in Chief. The restriction in the Constitution -- namely, the First Amendment -- is on government, or more accurately Congress. To refresh, the First Amendment says ...

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.

"Congress shall make no law ..." Please, atheists in the audience, tell me how an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ preaching the Word of God violates this.