COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Air Force Academy critic Mikey Weinstein, miffed that a four-star's memo on religious respect wasn't e-mailed to cadets at the Air Force Academy, published the 200-word memo himself Tuesday on a Colorado Springs billboard.
Weinstein runs the New Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation and contends cadets are frequent victims of evangelical Christian proselytizing at the academy. He praised a memo to commanders issued Sept. 1 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz that told them to not push their religious beliefs.
Weinstein demanded that the academy give a copy of the Schwartz memo to all 4,000 cadets, along with all other airmen, civilians and contractors on the campus.
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould didn't comply with Weinstein's demand despite threats that the foundation "will do what is just and right and undertake its best efforts to, once again, do your duty for you."
So Tuesday, the foundation unveiled a billboard at Woodmen Road and Lexington Drive, about three miles southeast of the academy's south gate, with the text of the memo.
While the memo may be hard to read for drivers whizzing by, Weinstein said the point is simple: He won't tolerate religious discrimination at the academy.
Weinstein, an academy graduate, said by not distributing the memo to all at the academy, Gould is essentially endorsing proselytizing.
The academy has faced allegations of religious intolerance for years and has attacked the problem with training programs aimed at teaching "religious respect."
On Tuesday, academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan said Schwartz's memo was issued to commanders.
Gould also discussed the memo with commanders at a meeting, Bryan said, but it wasn't distributed to everyone on campus because "it was never mandated."
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