06 October 2005

Mikey Weinstein, the Jewish father of two Air Force Academy cadets and an academy graduate himself, today filed a¬†lawsuit¬†against the U.S. Air Force and its acting secretary over the charges of religious intolerance that have surrounded the school since last June, when an internal task force found instances of religious insensitivity, and a subsequent report from the Yale Divinity School pointed to the evangelizing of school chaplains as one possible source of the problem. According to Weinstein, who says that both his sons were subjected to inappropriate proselytizing and anti-Semitic slurs, he was forced to sue after statements from the Air Force deputy chief of chaplains, regarding chaplains’ continuing “right to evangelize the unchurched,” convinced him that the academy had no intention of complying with new sensitivity guidelines.