Air Force Academy Erases Bible Verse From Cadet's Whiteboard, Stirs Outrage
The Colorado Springs Air Force Academy recently erased a cadet's Bible verse from the whiteboard that hangs outside of his dorm room.
The unidentified cadet wrote the Bible verse Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."
The Bible passage was removed because of a complaint by Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Weinstein claims that 29 cadets (26 of whom are Catholic and Protestant) and four faculty members had contacted him regarding the Bible verse.
"Had it been in his room, not a problem," Weinstein told Fox News. "It's not about the belief. It's about the time, the place and the manner."
"It clearly elevated one religious faith [Christianity] over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution," added Weinstein. "It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA."
Shortly after Weinstein contacted the Air Force Academy, the verse was erased from the cadet's whiteboard.
"The whiteboards are for both official and personal use, but when a concern was raised we addressed it and the comment was taken down," an Air Force Academy spokesperson told Fox News.
However, Michael Berry, the Christian-based Liberty Institute's senior counsel and director of Military Affairs, was outraged.
"It appears that the Air Force now believes Bible verses are a violation of AFI 1-1," Berry said in a statement.
AFI 1-1 is part of the Air Force's guidelines, which include neutrality toward religion in the ranks.
Berry claimed the removal of the verse violated the U.S. Constitution and "DODI 1300.17, which supersedes AFI 1-1 and guarantees religious freedom for all service members."
Berry said the Liberty Institute is "ready to defend, for free, any cadet whose religious rights have been violated."
Weinstein told The Blaze that other Air Force cadets are rallying around their comrade by writing scriptures from the Quran and Bible on the whiteboards outside their dorm room doors.
"It's a toxic environment there," Weinstein said. "When you have a law that is followed more in its breach than in its compliance… it's worse than if you didn't have the law at all."