Editorial: Air Force Academy Evades Claims of Intolerance

June 23, 2005

Source: The New York Times


On June 23, 2005 The New York Times ran an editorial commenting on the recent Pentagon inquiry into religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy. The Times writes, "A Pentagon inquiry's finding of no overt religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy strains credibility, considering the academy superintendent has already acknowledged it will take years to undo the damage from evangelical zealots on campus... This muddle stands in stark contrast to an earlier investigation by Yale Divinity School that found widespread problems with intolerance at the academy. That study described faculty members, chaplains and even the football coach as pressuring cadets toward Christian beliefs and hazing them about divergent views on religion. The Pentagon study insisted that this did not amount to a widespread problem for non-Christian cadets who complained of ranking officers encouraging an evangelical fervor... Sadly, now that Air Force investigators have spoken to this point so equivocally, the burden of actually restoring the academy's reputation is more than ever a problem."