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Many of you know that the Air Force Academy recently built an $80,000 worship center for pagan cadets. Needless to say, a lot of fundie heads are exploding--even more so when the academy's chaplain said that it wanted to accommodate all religions.
Perkins: Do you see this as a part of a growing trend that we see that there is really kind of a marginalization of Christianity and almost a promotion of other forms of, I would have to say, fringe religions?
Hartzler: I agree, I think so. Christianity is the main religion in our country and as a policy for the Department of Defense we need to defend the practice of religion but we do not have to obligate taxpayer funds to facilitate or accommodate it or pay for it.
Perkins: Is it the government’s role to try to put all religions on the same plane?
Hartzler: No, it’s not their role at all. Their role is to facilitate basic policy for our country and to not to try to lift up one religion over the other, they should be defending the basic rights that we have, that freedom of religion here, and certainly not facilitating or accommodating fringe religions, it’s crazy.
Uh huh. I guess Hartzler's okay with the numerous documented instances where non-Christian cadets have endured harassment on account of their nonbelief (or "wrong" belief).