Judge to hear arguments on AF Academy prayer event

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A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to block a prayer luncheon planned at the Air Force Academy.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by five academy faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

The prayer luncheon is scheduled for Thursday.

The suit alleges the event is unconstitutional because it appears to be an endorsement of conservative Christianity by academy commanders, and because some faculty feel pressured to attend.

Academy officials say the event is sponsored by the chapel, not commanders, and that they’ve repeatedly told cadets and faculty that attendance is voluntary.

2 Responses to Judge to hear arguments on AF Academy prayer event

  1. 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.

    So, the event is volutnary. 5 faculty members want to “prohibit the free exercise thereof.” Hey faculty members! Unless it’s in your own classroom, don’t impose your will on cadets. If they want to attend, let them attend. If they want to skip it, let them skip it. They’re all legal adults who can fight and die for their country!

    5 faculty members…you’re a bunch of tyranical idiots.

    Christopher Colvin
    February 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

  2. Thats what the hell you get when all three Military Academies are FORCED to have civilian instructors, instead of all military officer instructors – who are JUST AS SMART, and JUST AS ADVANCED DEGREED, as anti-miltiary hacks from Harvard.

    I sure was not subjected to civilians with THEIR values my 4 years at West Point.

    Dave Hughes
    February 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm