THE REPORTS OF the religious climate at the Air Force Academy are unsettling: A chaplain instructs cadets to try to convert classmates by warning that they "will burn in the fires of hell" if they do not accept Christ. During basic training, freshman cadets who decline to attend after-dinner chapel are marched back to their dormitories in "heathen flights" organized by upperclassmen. A Jewish student is taunted as a Christ killer and told that the Holocaust was the just punishment for that offense.Is "shockingly" going after a gay officer in this manner.
The death threats began again shortly after Lieutenant Adam Cohen, a combat systems engineer in the US air force, returned from Afghanistan in October 2011. The messages, littered with obscenities and urging him to take his own life, were linked, he believes, to an alleged rape he had not reported from years earlier. But when Cohen, 29, reported the threats and the alleged sexual assault to his chain of command, he found himself under investigation.This disturbing thing is that incidents like the above are considered parts of the "freedom" the military is always proclaimed unthinkingly of protecting as a political ritual. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]