Editorial: Civilian Pressure Necessary to Enforce Separation of Church and State

June 11, 2005

Source: The New York Times


On June 11, 2005 The New York Times reported, "in an overdue burst of candor, the superintendent of the Air Force Academy has acknowledged that his campus is so permeated with evangelical proselytizing that it will take years to rid the institution of religious intolerance. Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr. said he finds the problem of cadets unfairly pressured to adopt Christian beliefs and practices occurring throughout 'my whole organization,' with offenders among faculty, staff and students... An inspector general's report is promised soon from the Air Force. But it will take much more prodding, especially civilian pressure from President Bush, Congress and taxpayers, to undo the damage and restore the separation of church and state as a showcase principle at the academy."