Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are, ostensibly, the core values of the United States Air Force Academy. These days, though, they seem of a bygone era.
It’s hard to identify a moment or even a date at which the Air Force Academy stopped living up to those core values, when it started putting progressive politics above all else, but it didn’t just happen overnight. Instead, it’s been a death of a thousand cuts.
One of those cuts, a deep one, occurred seven years ago, when the academy removed a Bible verse from one of its cadets’ whiteboards, which are posted outside their rooms. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,” reads Galatians 2:20.
Sadly, that simple verse was too much for an atheistic zealot named Mikey — yes, Mikey — Weinstein, the director of an organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. At the time, Weinstein insisted that 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members had contacted his organization to complain about the Scripture. So Weinstein contacted the academy and filed a complaint. Barely two hours later, the Bible verse had been scrubbed from the cadet’s whiteboard.
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