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[Excerpted from "God and The Man at the Air Force Academy."]

While the American military is bravely defending our freedoms and values abroad, the Air Force Academy is undermining them at home.  Only weeks after the Academy acknowledged its hostile religious atmosphere and inappropriate born-again evangelization, Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry added racial stereotyping to its woes.

Following his team's loss to TCU last week, DeBerry attributed his opponent's success to the 11 African-Americans fielded on the defensive side of the ball. TCU, DeBerry said:

"...had a lot more African-American players than we did and they ran a lot faster than we did.  It just seems to me to be that way. African-American kids can run very well. That doesn't mean that Caucasian kids and other descents can't run, but it's very obvious to me that they run extremely well...You don't see many minority athletes in our program."

This isn't DeBerry's first unfortunate encounter with American diversity.  The Air Force coach drew heated criticism for hanging a sign in the team's locker room stating "I am a Christian first and last.  I am a member of Team Jesus Christ."  (It is ironic that DeBerry's fiercest defender was coach Bobby Bowden of scandal-plagued Florida State, who said "I want my boys to be saved...The problem with us Christians is we won't speak out.")

Late today, it was announced that the Academy reprimanded Coach DeBerry for his "seriously inappropriate" comments.  But with the religious bigotry scandal still festering and a lawsuit underway, one would have hoped for more from our Air Force Academy.

[Excerpted from "God and The Man at the Air Force Academy."]

Originally posted to Jon Perr on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 04:43 PM PDT.

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  •  This is what happens when (none)
    the I-25 exit for the AFA is the same exit as Focus on the Family.  They're right across from each other.

    In prison, Tom Delay will no doubt be called 'the Hummer' by his fellow convicts.

    by soonergrunt on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 04:49:13 PM PDT

  •  Off we go.... (none)
    into the wild blue yonder...

    Was Roger Staubach African American? I believe he did okay at a service academy. Is the reigning NBA MVP African American? Is the winning QB of three of the last four Superbowls, Tom Brady, African American? How about that dude who won the last 12,486 Tour de France races?

    Why in the name of whatever he holds holy would he inject race into this?

    It's more Robert Bennett crap, just not quite as radioactive as talking about abortion of an entire race.

    Hey Coach DeBarry, maybe your ass got outcoached.

    New on EWM: White House Sets Job Fair

  •  Enough... (none)
    All the man said is that on the whole, blacks are faster than whites.  He is the authority on fast people.  When will it be OK to just say what you think without millions of folks despeately seeking injury?

    Maybe he is wrong.  Maybe he is right.  But this whole national squemishness with white people saying anything is ridiculous.

    "Ooh, he said black people are blacker than white people.  Lynch him!"

    •  He didn't even speculate on cause, did he? (none)
      It could be hereditary, it could be environment (look what made Forrest Gump run so fast - blacks have long had even better reason to learn to outrun white people), it could even have been breeding. Well, I think the slave owners were breeding their slaves to be big and strong, not to outrun them.

      I am not upset that he said something like this. I'm not upset that other people said something about what he said, either. Everyone has a right to free speech. Everyone has to learn to live with everyone else's free speech. Everyone should get over it.

      Does anyone think Bush will ever catch bin Ladin?

      by Danjuma on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 06:39:13 PM PDT

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      •  Jimmy the Greek said the same thing (none)
        and he got canned about ten or fifteen years ago.

        In prison, Tom Delay will no doubt be called 'the Hummer' by his fellow convicts.

        by soonergrunt on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 08:00:45 PM PDT

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