Former cadet sues Air Force for alleged religious intolerance

Former cadet sues Air Force for alleged religious intolerance

[JURIST] Mikey Weinstein, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) [official website] filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday claiming senior academy officials illegally forced Christianity upon him. Weinstein, who is Jewish, said the USAFA violated cadets' right to worship as they choose. Specifically, his complaint maintains that Christians at the Academy coerced his attendance at religious services, and otherwise attempted "to involuntarily convert, pressure, exhort or persuade" Weinstein to accept their own religious beliefs. In May, the Pentagon investigated [JURIST report; USAFA press release] religious activities at the Academy to determine if the climate there violated the First Amendment [LII backgrounder]. The report [PDF text] issued in June, however, found no overt acts of religious discrimination. AP has more.