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  •  My husband has heard this guy speak (2+ / 0-)
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    in a non-religious setting. He was invited to the USAF Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He, and another officer I have spoken with, have said this guy is a good speaker. He was not invited to speak about religion and he didn't.

    That said, this situation is problematic. As a very vocal far right Christian, he may be a poor choice as a key speaker. But can you ask anyone of any religion to speak at a prayer breakfast/luncheon/dinner and ignore the fact that their personal religious preference is not that of others who might attend? I don't like the idea of this guy speaking but I also wouldn't attend a prayer event in the first place.

    What bothers me most is that cadets at the school obviously feel pushed into attending. That is the real problem, no matter who the speaker is. There are too many officers that want to use their religion as a way to promote other officers of like religious belief. That is what has to end. And it isn't just at the Air Force Academy. We've lived at bases where the Protestant Officers hold special evening meetings for husbands and wives as a place to socialize - obviously, if you aren't Protestant, you aren't invited. In a church off-base, for pure socializing, I get it. But on base, it isn't a great fit. They would argue that going to the bar after work to have a few beers and hang out with the boss isn't a great solution either.

    This is a problem that has existed through the ages. No matter how you choose to spend your free time, if the intent is to hang out with senior officers for better face time and a better chance at promotion, it probably isn't a good idea, but it's the way things are done. What's a young officer to do?

    •  McClary is a "Task Force Patriot" speaker (0+ / 0-)

      In 2007, at a gathering in Stone Mt., GA, I heard B-2 pilot Brian "Jethro" Neal declare that his commission to the "lord's army" was greater than his commission to the United States Air Force Academy. Brian Neal was then and is listed as a Task Force Patriot speaker.

      •  How can that not disqualify Neal from flight? (0+ / 0-)

        The chain of command has got to be clear, especially for someone we trust with that kind of equipment. A pilot's paycheck is signed on the authority of an explicitly secular Congress, and I cannot see how a higher allegiance pledged to another "army" could be tolerated.

        (checking in late after weekend away from technology)

        Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

        by chimpy on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 11:30:55 AM PST

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