Air Force Academy Says Religious Climate Improving
December 16, 2009The Air Force Academy says religious tolerance has improved dramatically since allegations five years ago that evangelical Christians harassed cadets who didn't share their faith.
Academy superintendent Michael Gould says the changes are the result of a topdown campaign to foster respect and accommodate even nonbelievers.
A task force concluded in 2005 there was no overt discrimination by evangelicals but said the academy didn't accommodate the religious needs of some cadets and staff.
Mikey Weinstein, a vocal critic of the school, agrees things have improved.
His Military Religious Freedom Foundation has fewer than 10 active cases of cadets or staff with complaints about religion, down from a high of more than 70 in 2005-2006.
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