Inquiry to be Launched After Air Force Chaplain's Dismissal

May 24, 2005

Source: The New York Times

On May 24, 2005 The New York Times reported, "the Department of Defense inspector general's office is looking into accusations that a chaplain at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was dismissed from her administrative job and given orders to transfer to a base in Japan because she had criticized the religious proselytizing of academy cadets. An Air Force spokeswoman said Monday that the service had asked the inspector general to investigate the case of the chaplain, Capt. MeLinda Morton, who went public this month with her criticisms of the religious climate at the academy. The announcement came on the day a task force was to finish a preliminary report on an inquiry into complaints that some officers permitted harassment and inappropriate proselytizing at the academy. The report will not be released for several weeks, Jennifer Stephens, an Air Force spokeswoman, said. On Monday, Captain Morton and two other prominent critics of the academy wrote to 46 Congressional Democrats who had demanded an inquiry and said the task force had failed to do a thorough investigation. They said that Captain Morton was given only a cursory interview, and that the two other critics, Mikey Weinstein and Prof. Kristen Leslie of the Yale Divinity School, had not been interviewed at all."