AFA: Church and State

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A group dedicated to separation of church and state has been added to the Air Force Academy's religious education program criticized for promoting evangelical Christianity.

Free Thinkers of Colorado Springs has joined the school's Special Programs in Religious Education. That's an umbrella group for extracurricular religious programs.

Free Thinkers is a self-described haven --quote-- "for people moving away from religious dogma."

Academy leaders have been accused of using the religious education program to impose Christianity on cadets. Air Force graduate Mikey Weinstein of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is suing the Air Force over claims that academy officials have illegally forced evangelical Christian views on cadets.

An Air Force task force said last year that it found no overt religious discrimination at the school but that some cadets and staff were insensitive.

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