The Air Force Academy admitted Wednesday that a cadet leader had to remove a Bible verse he had displayed outside his dorm room because it offended non-Christians and could “cause subordinates to doubt the leader’s religious impartiality.”
The controversy started when a cadet leader posted a passage of scripture on his whiteboard with a quote from the New Testament book of Galatians. “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” the verse from Galatians 2:20 read. [...]
Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me that 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage.
"Had it been in his room -- not a problem," Weinstein told me. "It's not about the belief. It's about the time, the place and the manner."
He said the Bible verse on the cadet's personal whiteboard created a hostile environment at the academy.
"It clearly elevated one religious faith [fundamentalist Christianity] over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution," he said. "It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA."
Exactly two hours and nine minutes after Weinstein complained to Air Force Academy Superintendent Michelle Johnson, the Bible verse was erased from the cadet leader’s whiteboard. [...]
Johnson said in a written statement that the verse was removed because there was a “potential perception” problem.
“The scripture was below the cadet’s name on a white board and could cause subordinates to doubt the leader’s religious impartiality,” the superintendant said.
You really should read the whole thing, here.
This is not happening by accident. It's part of the agenda of secularism, the same agenda that is presently using gay "marriage" as the stick with which to drive religious believers out of the public square. To the secularist, any expression of religion that takes place outside of one's private room or dwelling might "create a hostile environment" or otherwise offend people; even religious expressions in churches may eventually come under attack by the raging secularists who think that belief in God is a form of mental illness and that only the absence of belief can be actively promoted by the State.
But promoting the absence of belief over belief is, itself, a form of belief. The religion of secularism is atheism, and it is an atheism which is rapidly becoming militant. The idea that religious believers must be stifled, harassed, shut up, and punished for expressing their faith openly comes from an absurd belief that non-believers have some kind of right to be protected from religious speech; it is an idea that, despite its absurdity, is strangely popular today. From seeing religious speech as good, noble, and worthy of sharing publicly to seeing religious speech as discriminatory and only worthy of suppression has taken our country about fifty years, give or take; how many years will it be before religious speech will be considered dangerous and deserving of government control?
An Air Force cadet quoting the Bible on the whiteboard outside his room is something that would have seemed normal, acceptable, and even praiseworthy not that many years ago. But in the new order where only non-belief has any rights, such an act is condemned as hateful and discriminatory. And it's only going to get worse--especially in the military, which has been the favorite experimental center for leftists who think the military's job is to promote feminism, homosexuality, and (coming soon!) transgenderism in order to force those who serve to accept all of these ideas without question or criticism.
How long before Christians simply can't serve in the military at all, without facing open persecution for being Christian? Some military members say--albeit very, very quietly--that we are already there. I think that any Christian parent has to consider very carefully whether there is still a place in the military for those who believe in God and the natural family as well as their country, and perhaps to advise their children against fighting and dying for someone else's supreme right to erase a perfectly innocuous Bible verse from the whiteboard outside a Christian's door.