Air Force Investigating "Inspirational" Email

Previously, I’ve covered the story of Air Force Col Toney who sent out an email linking to an extreme right-wing hate site. Now, according to the New York Times, The Air Force is starting an investigation into the sending of this email through official channels.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit watchdog group that monitors possible religious bias in the military, said it had received about 60 complaints from military personnel about the colonel’s e-mail message.

Among them was one from Master Sgt. Jeffrey L. Thompson, who works under Colonel Toney at the Royal Air Force Alconbury base in England and objected to military officials at the base about the e-mail message.

“A commander shouldn’t send out any type of e-mail that’s perceived as endorsing a particular faith system,” Sergeant Thompson, who is Catholic, said in a telephone interview. “It crossed a line, I thought. My faith stays in my home life and my church life.”

I’m glad that some Christians are stepping up and agreeing that proselytizing should be prohibited in any official emails. People are starting to get very tired of the constant misbehavior of these “Conservative Christians”.

Colonel Toney sent out a second e-mail message to the personnel in her wing last month apologizing for sending out the link “to what I believed was an inspirational message about hope and encouragement.” She said she was unaware when she sent the link that the Web site contained “inappropriate” material.

Although Sergeant Thompson said he was prevented from filing a formal complaint because the Air Force said he had not suffered any personal harm, the Third Air Force Command in Europe has opened a broader investigation into the episode, officials said Friday.

“The purpose of this process is to look at all of the information and make a determination as to whether there’s been any sort of violation of policy and, if so, what action is warranted,” said Darlene Cowsert, a spokeswoman for the Air Force’s European command.

As I’ve said in the previous article, the MEO is clueless if they cannot see how other Christians can be offended at this type of email addressed to non-Christians. They seem completely unable to understand that a Christian can see the point of view of a non-believer.

Colonel Toney could not be reached for comment.

I guess her lawyer has advised her not to talk to the press.

Officials at the Air Force, which was hit with controversy in 2004 over charges of pro-Christian bias at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, said they had made significant strides to enforce a position of official neutrality on religion.

“We feel that the policy is clear, and we’re consistent with our message, but unfortunately there are isolated cases that come up,” Capt. Thomas Wenz, a spokesman at Air Force headquarters in Northern Virginia, said of the recent episode.

What planet are these people living on? The MRFF has received over 11,000 complaints about this type of behavior in the last four years.

But Mikey Weinstein, who heads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the incident represented a “textbook case” of improper religious influence.

“There’s a pervasive pattern of constitutional abuse when you have a wing commander who sends out a direct, proselytizing e-mail with a link to a Web site that slanders the president of the United States,” he said.

Mr. Weinstein’s group is suing the Defense Department in federal court over what it charges is a pattern of religious bias, and the Obama administration is set to respond to the lawsuit later this month. As a result of the Toney episode, Sergeant Thompson said he was considering joining the litigation as a plaintiff.

Good for you SSgt Thompson, but be careful, as some of the others who have complained openly about this behavior have received death threats from these insecure, fearful zealots.

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