Within a day of the religious intolerance lawsuit filed by Air Force Academy graduate Mikey Weinstein (DR, 10/07/05), Colorado Rep. Joel Hefley (R) asserted that the religious guidelines developed by the Air Force—and ridiculed by Weinstein as too little—go too far in restricting religion in the service. “We don’t want to do something that keeps someone from living their faith,” Hefley said at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of the academy’s oversight group. Hefley continued: “We see this in schools across the country. They’re so afraid of anything religious.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.