ADL Welcomes Report, Recommendations in Response to Religious Intolerance

June 22, 2005

Source: Anti-Defamation League

On June 22, 2005 the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement in support of the recommendations made by the U.S. Air Force regarding religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy. The statement reads, "The task force's report is encouraging because it clearly recognizes that a 'religious climate' and 'perception of religious intolerance' exist at the academy, and that this climate has festered as a result of a 'lack of awareness over where the line is drawn between permissible and impermissible expression of beliefs.' The report confirms many of ADL's concerns... Beyond identifying the current problems at the Academy, the report offers substantive recommendations for reform, including the establishment of clear policy guidelines for commanders and supervisors regarding inappropriate religious expression, a plan to promote increased awareness of and respect for cultural and religious differences, and internal controls and corrective actions to ensure that the Air Force provides a climate of religious tolerance for all staff and cadets. We are especially pleased that it is not limited to the Academy in Colorado Springs, but is applicable to the entire Air Force."