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Former Air Force Officer Calls Public Prayer Provocative

Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has called the ritual of military football players kneeling in prayer a "putrid" example of "Christian supremacy."

He also said that the public prayers, seen on the football pitch before games, are "a scandalous outrage." He went on to say that football players approached the MRFF stating they were forced to join the prayers in fear of punishment.

Mr. Weinstein, who graduated from the Academy in 1977, said, "It's a disgrace. It's a putrid example of fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism and exceptionalism and it has to stop. Those individuals that are dressed in the Air Force uniform; that's their uniform of the day. They're members of the military and they are under different rules than the civilian counterparts they're playing on the field."

In addition, the MRFF states that players fear punishment if they refuse to join in on prayers. Weinstein went on to say "We have families of players, we have players, we have girlfriends of players, we have staff and faculty 144 strong at the Academy."

This week, the Air Force announced that it will formally investigate the situation.

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