Air force issues guidelines on faith

Critics say action as well as words needed
The U.S. Air Force has released new guidelines urging its military members and civilian employees to protect the free exercise of religion by not favoring one religion over another, or even over “nonreligion.”

Issued August 29 and subject to final review this fall by base commanders, the guidelines were requested by a June report that investigated the religious climate at the Air Force Academy. The guidelines will affect the entire air force, said a spokesperson.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Washington-based Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, called the guidelines “a welcome and necessary step toward addressing the recent and troubling reports of anti-Semitism and religious discrimination within the corps.” But he added, “Their true value will not be realized until they are fully implemented.”


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