Friday, May 13, 2005

The Truly Oppressed in the U.S.: Fundamentalist Evangelicals

At least in the Air Force Academy, the place which was in the news for sexual harassment claims and then for treating Jewish cadets poorly. But all this pales beside the oppression of the Christians, of course. Even the Respecting the Religious Values of All People (R.S.V.P.) program discriminates against Christians:

Maj. Gen. Charles C. Baldwin, the chief of chaplains for the entire Air Force, screened the R.S.V.P. program in October, Captain Morton said, and afterward asked her, "Why is it that the Christians never win?" in response to some of the program's dramatizations of interactions between cadets of different religions

The R.S.V.P. Program was then changed...

The Captain Morton mentioned in the above quote is the same as mentioned in this one:

An Air Force chaplain who complained that evangelical Christians were trying to "subvert the system" by winning converts among cadets at the Air Force Academy was removed from administrative duties last week, just as the Pentagon began an in-depth study of alleged religious intolerance among cadets and commanders at the school.

"They fired me," said Capt. MeLinda Morton, a Lutheran minister who was removed as executive officer of the chaplain unit on May 4. "They said I should be angry about these outside groups who reported on the strident evangelicalism at the academy. The problem is, I agreed with those reports."

A Yale Divinity School visit to the Academy last summer found:

... this very strong evangelical Christian voice just dominating. We thought that just didn't make sense in light of their mission, which was to protect and train cadets, not to win religious converts."

See what I mean? Evangelicals just can't win.