Saturday, November 12, 2005

In Today’s Good News Story

The Navigators are alive and well at the Air Force Academy. The Navigator’s statement of faith is here – a pretty straightforward statement of evangelical orthodoxy.

It’s certainly a sad commentary on the nature of anti-Christian bigotry when we’re reduced to complaining about 2 missionaries, who meet with cadets to provide bible study and discipleship training. Apparently, the AF is so terrified of a couple of missionairies meeting with students, that they can’t be seen in public: Good Heavens! They might be seen with Bibles! Or Praying!!

“The Rev. MeLinda Morton, a Lutheran chaplain who resigned in June over the religious climate at the academy, said the Navigators "used to have an informal agreement that they could meet cadets in the library." But because that location was "too visible," she said, they were told this year not to use it anymore.”
Of course, we must to whatever we can to crush the evil evangelicals, even, or perhaps especially, if we get to use the First Amendment to prevent them from practicing their religion:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. “

Since that’s the entire text of the amendment, it certainly sounds like both the missionaries and cadets are well within their rights. Of course, in the Newspeak world of constitutional law, the plain sense of the text doesn’t generate much traction.