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Monday, May 30, 2005

What's Wrong with Colorado Springs?

Until recently, Colorado Springs was best known as the home of the US Air Force Academy. The Academy is well-known for its beautiful chapel building. The Academy's Core Values are as follows: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. These are the Air Force Core Values. Study them . . . understand them . . . follow them . . . and encourage others to do the same. I contend that the Academy, with the encouragement of surrounding churches, routinely perverts these Core Values.

Here is a Fact Sheet on the Cadet Chapel which actually contains a synagogue as well as Protestant and Catholic chapels. However, Jewish students are not permitted to use their chapel on Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath because the Air Force has better things for them to do, such as attending football games. Since the Torah is typically read on Saturday mornings, the Academy apparently believes in separating Jewish cadets from both the Hebrew Bible and God as they understand God. However, the Academy has been in the news in recent years for two different scandals: 1) Sexual harassment/rape of female cadets by male cadets and 2) Religious harassment of both non-Christian and non-Evangelical cadets perpetrated by Evangelical Christian cadets, faculty and staff.

Here's a Harper's Magazine article on what's wrong with Colorado Springs, now best known as the Home of Pastor Ted Haggard's New Life Church, Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and other evangelical Christian ministries.