ADL Calls on House to Retain Accountability Reporting on Religious Intolerance at the U.S. Air Force Academy
Update: On June 21, 2005 the House approved a weakened amendment which omitted any reference to proselytizing. In a statement, ADL sharply criticized the vote, saying it "sent the wrong message" about concerns of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy.
New York, New York, June 16, 2005…. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the House of Representatives to retain language in the pending Department of Defense Appropriations Bill which addresses reports of religious intolerance and coercive proselytizing at the U.S. Air Force Academy and calls on the Secretary of the Air Force to develop a plan to address these concerns. The superintendent of the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen John H. Rosa, Jr., addressed the League's National Executive Committee in Denver on June 3 and acknowledged that a problem exists and that the Academy is working toward a "culture change" through education and training.
"We support the current language in the Defense Appropriations bill pending before the House that recognizes inappropriate proselytizing has taken place at the Air Force Academy and calls for the Air Force to develop an appropriate plan to address this situation," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
"We strongly oppose any effort to change or weaken the current Appropriations bill language," the ADL leaders said. "When we met recently with Lt. Gen Rosa, we did not hear denials or excuses about the charges of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy. The House should go on record in support of accountability and appropriate corrective action to complement ongoing efforts to address this situation at the Academy itself."
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