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Academy removes, ‘I am a member of Team Jesus Christ’ banner

I guess this means that the school will accept non Christians on the team now. I wonder what happened to them prior to this occurance.  Were they flogged or just ridiculed into “believing” just like the natives in S. America and Africa?

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/11/20/academy.religion.ap/index.html

Saturday, November 20, 2004 Posted: 9:18 PM EST (0218 GMT)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado (AP)—The Air Force Academy’s longtime football coach has agreed to remove a Christian banner from the team’s locker room after school administrators announced they would do more to fight religious intolerance.

Coach Fisher DeBerry agreed Friday to remove the banner, which displayed the “Competitor’s Creed,” including the lines “I am a Christian first and last ... I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.”

DeBerry put the banner up Wednesday to encourage the team, which has experienced one of its worst seasons in recent years, academy spokesman Lt. Col. Laurent Fox said.

A day earlier, academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa announced the school would do more religious tolerance training after some nonreligious cadets reported on a survey that they felt ostracized. Others reported hearing religious slurs or jokes.

Outgoing Air Force Secretary James Roche issued a statement Friday backing the academy’s effort. “Our policy is clear. Tolerance of gender, racial, ethnic and religious diversity is required at our Air Force,” Roche said.

In September, academy officials issued a memo explaining the government’s e-mail policy after some staffers put biblical verses at the bottom of their e-mails. Some cadets were admonished in March for using academy e-mail accounts to encourage other people to see “The Passion of the Christ,” Mel Gibson’s movie about the crucifixion.


Posted by SPN on 11/21 at 01:52 PM in Religion / Sprituality

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