Civil rights group targets USAF academy with controversial billboard


Military religious freedom billboard

A civil rights group touting religious freedom has targeted the US Air Force academy with an advertising campaign aimed at exposing the US Air Force Academy for favoring Christianity over other religions.

According to The Blaze, the Military Religious Freedom -a group “dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom”- is waging the campaign, right as President Barack Obama is set to speak at the USAF Academy during the June 2nd commencement.

The organization has strategically assembled a multi-media front, using billboards, a flying banner and 15-second TV ads in the Academy’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Welcome Mr. President To Our AF Academy,” the billboard reads. “Why is Jesus Commander In Chief Here?”

The MRFF -who is comprised of a 96% Christian membership, including 372 of the 414 faculty and cadets represented at the academy- is is displaying the billboard from May 23rd to June 5th, while running the TV spot over 1,322 times from May 27th to June 2nd on four major networks. As for the airplane messages, they will be visible in the skies over the USAFA from May 31st to June 1st.

MRFF president Mikey Weinstein backed the organization’s actions in a statement, citing that “the United States Air Force Academy’s adhering to the constitutionally guaranteed right of separation of church and state in the U.S. military is a train wreck.”

According to Weinstein, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been in “countless fights with USAFA since February of 2004” over violations of cadets’ Constitutional freedom of -or from- religion in an academy that has allegedly favored Christianity over all other religious alternatives.

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