Academy Religious Investigation

By: AP
By: AP

The Air Force Academy has failed to accommodate the diverse religious needs of cadets and staff, although there's been no overt discrimination.

That's the findings released today of a military investigative panel appointed to look into the religious climate at the 43,000-student school.

The investigation came after complaints were made that evangelical Christians wield so much influence at the school that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment have become pervasive.

The report requires academy leaders to clarify their policies on appropriate and inappropriate religious expression, but also credits them with moving to confront these issues. The investigation also cites a perception of intolerance among some cadets and staff.

The Air Force report also cites some incidents, including religious slurs and disparaging remarks between cadets and statements from faculty and staff with strong religious beliefs that some cadets found offensive.

The report assessed Air Force policy on religious respect and tolerance and looked into whether commanders' actions encouraged or discouraged free expression and free exercise of religion.


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