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Some Air Force Cadets So Angry Over What Happened With Bible Verses on Campus They Have Staged a ‘Revolt’

The leader of a church-state separatist group says that there’s a “revolt” underway at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., after officials there removed a Bible verse from a white board outside a cadet’s bedroom door following complaints that its presence was offensive.

Cadets angry over the Air Force Academy’s removal of the verse have since begun posting scripture from the Bible and the Koran on their whiteboards in solidarity, said Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

“The Air Force Academy has a revolt on their hands. What are they going to do?” Weinstein told TheBlaze Wednesday.

The Bible battle started after an unnamed cadet placed text from Galatians 2:20 on a whiteboard.It read, “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Weinstein said 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members — 26 of whom he described as Catholic or Protestant — disagreed with the verse’s presence and reached out to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to complain. Weinstein then contacted the Air Force Academy with concerns and the verse was subsequently removed.

“Had it been in his room — not a problem. It’s not about the belief. It’s about the time, the place and the manner,” Weinstein told conservative commentator Todd Starnes this week. “It clearly elevated one religious faith over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution. It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at [the academy].”

Weinstein said posting verses outside a bedroom door is unacceptable and illegal because that’s part of the “working squadron area” — a central and public location where cadets assemble.

But it seems some at the academy disagreed with both the removal and with the activist’s assessment of the situation.

Bible and Koranic verses are reportedly being posted on cadets' doors at the Air Force Academy in Colorado (Image credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

Image via Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Weinstein shared an email with TheBlaze he said came from an unnamed agnostic cadet at the school highlighting the action that’s now underway.

“After the Fox News article was released about the Bible verse being removed from a cadet’s whiteboard, a population of the cadet wing has in turn responded with addition religious quotes placed outside their doors in the public hallways; one of which being the original quote that was removed,” the cadet’s alleged letter read.

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Image via Military Religious Freedom Foundation

It continued, “Theses posts, quotes, and comments on social media have created a hostile environment and have lead to a decrease in unit cohesion and morale and are unprofessional in the military environment.”

Weinstein is now calling on the Air Force Academy to take action against those individuals who are posting scripture messages outside their doors, though he indicated that he isn’t sure how widespread the problem is.

“It’s a toxic environment there,” Weinstein said of the academy. “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.”

Bible and Koranic verses are reportedly being posted on cadets' doors at the Air Force Academy in Colorado (Image credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

Image via Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Weinstein cited an Air Force culture standards document which outlines how faith and religion should be handled within the Air Force.

2.11. Government Neutrality Regarding Religion. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline. Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.

Weinstein said those who put Bible verses on their doors deserve “non-judicial punishment at the very least.”

Those who are put on trial for specific violations in the Air Force could see their pay docked, be kicked out or even go to jail, he said, though there is no indication that these ramifications would apply in this particular case.

Weinstein is willing to take the Air Force Academy to court if the issue isn’t resolved.

Image source: Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Image via Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Air Force Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Brus Vidal told Starnes regarding officials’ removal of the first cadet’s verse, there was no misconduct and that the unnamed cadet won’t be punished.

He said there’s a “gray area” when it comes to one’s personal room and the hallway, where the message was posted.

“The whiteboards are for both official and personal use, but when a concern was raised we addressed it and the comment was taken down,” Vidal said.

Weinstein disagreed, saying that the incident showed “absolute misconduct” and that the individual should be punished.

Other legal analysts take a different stance on the matter.

Bible and Koranic verses are reportedly being posted on cadets' doors at the Air Force Academy in Colorado (Image credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

Image via Military Religious Freedom Foundation

“If the cadet didn’t violate any rules, then why was the quote removed?” Michael Berry, senior counsel for the conservative legal firm the Liberty Institute’s said in a statement. “It appears that the Air Force now believes Bible verses are a violation of AFI 1-1.”

In fact, Berry said the removal of the Bible verse and any punishment is actually a violation of the Department of Defense Instruction 1300.17, a provision that protects soldiers’ religious liberty.

“Unless it could have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline, the Military Departments will accommodate individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of Service members in accordance with the policies and procedures in this instruction…,” the provision states in part.

Air Force Academy officials did not respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze.

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[H/T TheBlaze]

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Obama’s Great Man Delusion

Amid the Ukraine crisis last week, President Obama spoke several times by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to reports, the “conversation” soon devolved into accusations.  Now U.S.- Russia relations are the worst they’ve been since the Cold War; not only are the two nations at odds on policy, but their leaders seem to harbor deep personal animosity toward each other.  What else could you expect when one self-anointed Great Man faces off with another who thinks he is also Great?

Those who suppose themselves Great Men are capable of doing great harm.  That has been the case with President Obama’s health care takeover, green energy fiascos, and failed jobs initiatives.  Now the effects of his mishandling of foreign affairs are coming to light not just in the Ukraine, but also in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and Afghanistan.  Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Obama seems to have spent the last five years posing as the greatest leader since Napoleon.

There’s some indication that Obama actually believes he is the greatest leader since Napoleon.  He is “historic”; he is transformational; he is changing the fabric of American society.  He’s a lot like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan combined, only better.  And we’re stuck with him for another three years.

For Obama, the Great Man is the man who refuses to negotiate, the one who advances but never retreats, the one who presents himself as “above” partisanship while pursuing his own ends, the “only adult” in the room.  That all sounds like another disastrous Great Man: when Lenin’s collectivization of Soviet agriculture resulted in mass famine of 1921-1922, that Great Man refused to admit he was wrong and continued to enforce his mistaken policy.  Six million died.

In reality, Great Men like Lenin are only fearful little men, but their megalomania always causes harm.  With his nose raised higher in the air than anyone else in the room, Obama appears to be one of these little men.

Reportedly, Obama’s first words after being sworn in for a second term were “I did it.”  Not “I’m looking forward to serving the American people for a second term.”  Not “I hope we can patch up our differences and work together.”  Not even “The American people have spoken.”  Just “I did it,” with the emphasis on “I.”

The media should have jumped on those three words, but they were too swept up in the celebration of their candidate’s victory to notice.  Their candidate had “done it,” twice.  Now they plan to hand out passes for next three years, then come up with something to call the Obama Legacy.  Maybe it will comprise revised food labeling.

The Great Man complex is this president’s fatal flaw.  Megalomania cuts one off from others so that discussion, negotiation, and compromise become impossible, and without such interaction, nothing gets done.  It’s hard to govern when you’re taking selfies.

Obama’s second term is turning into a disaster largely because the president won’t talk.  His recent budget proposal was DOA, as usual.  Not a single Democrat spoke seriously about passing it.  Even the New York Times called it a “populist wish list.”  Now, a week after it was delivered to Congress, can anyone remember a single new idea in Obama’s 2015 budget proposal?

It seems that Obama absolutely hates negotiating with Congress.  That’s one reason he talks so often about “going around” it.  Just because he has “a pen and a phone,” he thinks he doesn’t have to work with Congress.  Maybe that’s why none of his initiatives since 2010 has passed, and what did pass earlier – including ObamaCare – has been scaled back or reversed in the courts.

In his great book, Crowds and Power, Elias Canetti has a great deal to say about rulers who imagine themselves to be Great Men.  That is because Canetti wrote this important book during the period when Hitler and Stalin rose to power.  Canetti observed these delusional, paranoid, megalomaniacal leaders carefully, and he compared them to so-called Great Men of the past, including Caesar and Napoleon.

According to Canetti, these men’s sense of greatness, especially their instinct to command and survive a great mass of others, is “a dangerous and insatiable passion” (p. 230).  It’s not enough to be president.  One must be emperor, with a pen and a phone.  And what could be more imperial than nationalizing the health care system so as to place the lives of millions at risk?  What could be more Caesar-like than to throw the world into chaos – the Arab Spring, Syria, the Ukraine, and whatever else is coming – and issue threats from on high that there will be “consequences” and “costs”?

And yet, the more Obama postures as the Great Man, the worse things get for America and for his “legacy.”  In the end, those who imagine themselves Great Men always fall from on high.  That is because they have mistaken command for governance.  Just because the president wants open borders and amnesty for illegals doesn’t mean it is going to happen.  Just because he nationalizes health care doesn’t mean it will work.  Just because he warns Putin of Grave Consequences doesn’t mean Putin’s not laughing.

Obama seems to think he can snap his fingers and everyone, including the hard-nosed Russian ruler, will come running.  Maybe he really doesn’t understand that that the prestige and power of the United States have sunk to a postwar low, and that he – President Obama – is largely to blame.  Or maybe he does see it but thinks he can forfeit the Crimea, lose eastern Ukraine, watch the bloody civil war in Syria drag on, and continue to play the Great Man for another three years.  Who can tell?

As Canetti put it, “[n]obody knows what Napoleon’s real feelings were during the retreat from Moscow.”

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[H/T American Thinker]

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A Message To All “Offended” Muslims: 2014 Version

A Brit who is outraged by the worldwide “Muslim invasion” tells us how he really feels!

[H/T YouTube]