I was reading an article today about the Air Force Academy's football coach, and some racial remarks he made this weekend. As I have listened to some news it is clear people considered these racially insensitive remarks evil and the coach was forced to apologize today. Toward the end of an article on ESPN I read another controversy involving the coach is brought up. Last year he got in trouble for his team led prayers, and a poster he hung up in the locker room saying, among other things, "I am a member of team Jesus Christ." He ended up taking down the poster and ceasing his prayers.
The article's author then went on to make a disturbing connection. He wrote, "Claims that chaplains and some academy leaders impose their conservative Christian beliefs on others prompted an investigation by the Air Force, which concluded there was no overt religious discrimination at the school near Colorado Springs but found some cases of insenstivity."
Fair enough. The coach was a part of a controversy last year involving some complaints about Christianity. He's involved in controversy this week about race. Last year he was involved in controversy about religion. I can see the relationship. Both involve the coach. But the article doesn't stop there.
The author then goes on to make an odd connection, "The complaints that some cadets and faculty are evangelizing others follow a sexual assault scandal that shook the academy two years ago when female cadets said commanders punished them when they report assaults. The Air Force replaced the academy's top commanders and put new policies in place." (End of Article)
Hmmmm....... Am I the only one that thinks this is an odd parallel to make? Evangelism and sexual assault? The fact that those two controversies are even mentioned in the same sentence is disturbing. Racism, sexual assault, and Christian evangelism are seen as what's wrong with the Air Force Academy. What a strange world.