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Air Force Academy Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A task force investigating religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy did not meet with three outspoken critics, including an Air Force chaplain who has said she was fired for exposing the influence of evangelical Christians at the academy.

The task force is to report Monday to the acting secretary of the Air Force, Michael Dominguez.

The task force did speak by telephone for about an hour on Friday with Captain MeLinda Morton, who has said she was fired. She said she was asked to cite examples of religious intolerance, and she provided some.

Jennifer Stephens, Air Force spokeswoman on the task force, said the task force did not meet with Morton because she was on leave when the task force spent four days at the academy two weeks ago.

Morton said that during the telephone call she was not asked about the decision to remove her as second in command of the chaplaincy corps. The academy has denied she was fired, and said she was replaced because she would be leaving soon anyway.

Kristen Leslie, a Yale theology professor who has become involved in the controversy, said no one from the task force contacted her.

Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate who has a son at the academy, said the only contact he had with the task force was a phone call asking him to stop criticizing it. Weinstein, who is Jewish, has said his son has been called a "Christ killer" by evangelical Christian cadets.


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