Military academies are often ranked as top universities. However, they have been slow to change (i.e. admitting women). And now it is reported that the Air Force Academy may have some underlying problems with the First Amendment — specifically “…make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” or so say the wags at truthout who claim “that some cadets must pretend to be evangelical Christians in order to maintain standing among their peers and superiors.”
This alleged controversy has not been reported in any official government document, but here is a recent news blurb concerning religious diversity from the Air Force Academy —
The Air Force Academy’s Mormon chaplain shares his first name with a Colorado legend, but he’s making a name for himself at the Air Force Academy for different reasons thanks to his new job and the fact that he’s something of a rarity.
Chaplain (Capt.) Zebulon Beck is the second Mormon chaplain at the Academy, and he fills a void that has existed since the early 1990s, due in part to a small pool of Mormon chaplains: the Air Force only has nine on active duty.