Promotion Sought for Officer at Center of Air Force Bias Probe

May 10, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

On May 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "the Pentagon said yesterday it wants to promote a top commander at the Air Force Academy — a born-again Christian who has been the subject of complaints that he improperly mixes religion with education. The announcement about Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida came one day before the scheduled arrival of a task force investigating allegations that cadets were pressured to attend religious services, that public prayers were held before official events, and that Jewish cadets were harassed and insulted at the Colorado Springs school. Cadets, faculty and staff were sent e-mails yesterday announcing the task force's visit and encouraging meetings with officials investigating complaints of religious intolerance."