The guidelines, which apply to the entire Air Force, were drawn up after allegations that evangelical Christians wield so much influence at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment have become pervasive.
Ah, note the implication, not so subtle, that "evangelical influence" inevitably leads to anti-Semitism. Which, of course, explains why the "neo-con" cabal has so much influence with the current "evangelical" President.
But there is more:
Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate who says his sons have been the target of anti-Semitic slurs at the school, said the new guidelines fail to control evangelical zealots.Now, I wonder if the person who wrote this had any sense of irony, given that the original 'zealots' were Jews, resisting the oppressive Roman government...
But there is more (italics mine):
The guidelines do not ban public prayer outright and say short, nonsectarian prayers may be included in special ceremonies or events, but only to lend a sense of solemnity and not to promote specific beliefs. Nor do they bar personal discussions of religion, including discussions between commanders and subordinates. They caution Air Force members "to be sensitive to the potential that personal expressions may appear to be official expressions."Now, remember that this is an article implying that the Air Force did not go far enough (all the quotes are from people who so believe). Is the AP, that staunch defender of the First Amendment (for elites) advocating restrictions on freedom of speech? Evidently they are, if you are of the wrong religious persuasion.