29 May '14, 10pm

Congressman: Air Force overemphasizes religious neutrality: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., is pushing the... #airforce

Congressman: Air Force overemphasizes religious neutrality: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., is pushing the... #airforce

Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., is pushing the Air Force to weaken its rules requiring religious neutrality, drawing strong objections from a leading activist for separation of church and state in the military. In a May 6 letter to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, Forbes outlined his proposed changes to the religious language in AFI 1-1. Forbes said the current language “places a disproportionate emphasis on religious neutrality over the protection of religious expression by addressing neutrality first.” Because the Air Force’s language emphasizes neutrality, Forbes said, “the policy creates an artificial gray area for religious expression that results in a chilling effect and provides a foothold for a heckler’s veto.” Part of Forbes’ proposed change would tell leaders to “avoid the actual use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subord...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140529/NEWS/305290080

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