Missionary Group at Air Force Academy Trains Cadets to Proselytize

November 12, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/11/AR2005111101650.html

On November 12, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "A private missionary group has assigned a pair of full-time Christian ministers to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where they are training cadets to evangelize among their peers, according to a confidential letter to supporters. The letter makes clear that the organized evangelization effort has continued this year despite an outcry over alleged proselytizing at the academy that has prompted a Pentagon investigation, congressional hearings, a civil lawsuit and new Air Force guidelines on religion. 'Praise God that we have been allowed access by the Academy into the cadet areas to minister among the cadets. We have recently been given an unused classroom to meet with cadets at any time during the day,' the husband-and-wife team of Darren and Gina Lindblom said in the Oct. 11 letter to their donors... The Lindbloms' letter was made public by Michael L. 'Mikey' Weinstein, a 1977 Air Force Academy alumnus who was a White House lawyer in the Reagan administration. He has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Air Force of violating the First Amendment's establishment clause by fostering evangelical Christianity over all faiths."