Fighting for our servicemembers' rights, so they can fight for ours.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
CONTACT: BEKKI MILLER (337) 356-8696
MRFF's REBUTTAL TO
USAF ACADEMY's FOOTBALL TEAM PRAYER DECISION
December 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM MST
This outrageous internal administrative decision to allow its football team to engage in massive orchestrated sectarian Christian prayers right before kick off for the world to see on television is a monstrous travesty and brutal breach of federal constitutional law and Department of Defense/Air Force regulations. On behalf of our 144 Air Force Academy clients, including five members of the football team, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is in consultation with its litigators to decide if it is possible to go into federal court to obtain injunctive relief to stop this pernicious and pervasive practice of fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism and exhibitionism.
USAFA STATEMENT REGARDING
December 23, 2015 at 11:51 AM MST
The United States Air Force Academy places a high value on the rights of its members to observe the tenets of their respective religion or to observe no religion at all. Recently the United States Air Force Academy received a complaint about its football players kneeling in prayer. An inquiry was initiated, which found the football player's actions to be consistent with Air Force Instruction 1-1 and its guidance on the free exercise of religion and religious accommodation. The United States Air Force Academy will continue to reaffirm to cadets that all Airmen are free to practice the religion of their choice or subscribe to no religious belief at all. The players may confidently practice their own beliefs without pressure to participate in the practices of others.
MRFF OP-EDS ON USAF ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM PRAYER