New AFA Class

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Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy have started formal religious sensitivity training.

A new program was launched in an effort to teach respect for all religious beliefs.

The program was created after a cadet survey in July 2003 raised concerns that the academy fosters an atmosphere favoring Christianity.

Half of the cadets said they had heard religious jokes or slurs, while some said the academy was insensitive to certain religions.

During the next two months, cadets will meet in groups to attend the 50-minute class. The academy hopes each cadet takes the class at least twice before graduating.

Captain Melinda Morton, a chaplain at the academy, says the issue isn't about religion, but rather about respecting everyone's right to believe as they choose.