Religious-Liberty Advocate Pleased With AFA's Probe

February 20, 2010

Author: Dan Elliott

Source: Denver Post

Wire Service: AP

A religious-liberty advocate said Friday that Air Force Academy officials have convinced him they're serious about investigating a possible case of religious harassment, easing his earlier doubts.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, expressed skepticism earlier this month whether the academy was doing enough after a large wooden cross was found at a campus worship space for pagans and followers of other Earth-centered religions.

Speaking Friday at the academy's National Character and Leadership Symposium, Weinstein said his doubts were eased after a conversation with the academy superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michael Gould. He said miscommunication within the academy caused his original concern.

He said he and Gould now have a secret, one-word code they can use to alert each other when a religious-tolerance issue arises.

The investigation is still underway, and officials don't know whether the placement of the cross was malicious, innocent or something in between, said academy spokeswoman Capt. Corinna Jones. "Everything is not always as it seems," she said.