Thursday, May 19, 2005

1055 The next bogus news story

It's just a hunch here, but I'm thinking the next news story proven to be bogus and blown out of proportion (with fewer casualties than the Koran flushing story) will be the one about pushy Christians at the Air Force Academy. It seems to have originated with a female Lutheran Chaplain, if the one I saw on TV is the person referred to here.

"A chaplain at the Air Force Academy has described a "systemic and pervasive" problem of religious proselytizing at the academy and says a religious tolerance program she helped create to deal with the problem was watered down after it was shown to officers, including the major general who is the Air Force's chief chaplain."

I'm a Lutheran (but not pre-natal or sprinkled--I grew up anabaptist and have been immersed) and I know Lutherans are touchy about their wallets and tongue tied about evangelizing. If a Baptist were to breathe a word that he found his relationship with Christ a help in times of stress or battle, a Lutheran might be clueless because that's not "our" terminology. Also, Lutherans believe baptism and communion are sacraments and a means of Grace, but only those two, so that too might cause some disagreements, say over coffee or even in the classroom, with Catholics or other Protestants. Christians can get very heated about this, and feel quite threatened if someone hints their belief system doesn't measure up. And this problem seems to have arisen in the "Respecting the Spiritual Values of all People," class or R.S.V.P, created by Capt. MeLinda Morton. If she attended a Lutheran seminary, she probably skipped the class on "How to share your faith."

But the fact that the New York Times , WaPo, and the Socialist web sites are on this story like ants at a barbeque makes me suspicious that the story is a lot of hot anti-Christian air.

I would have tossed her program just for the cutesy acronym.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Air Force Chaplain? I really wonder about these Air Force Chaplains. My brother was married by an Air Force Chaplain. (My brother wasn't in the USAF, but the man was the father of his wife's best friend.) This "clergyman" was a Mormon who assured our family that the ceremony would have equal elements representing both my brother's Lutheran/Christian faith and his bride's Jewish faith. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I don't think there was one piece of scripture from the New Testament to be heard amongst the Chuppah, broken glass, and the Seven Jewish Blessings. The string quartet might have played some Bach back at the hotel. (They were married outside in Banff National Park...I'm glad I was too pregnant to attend.)