New Air Force Academy Superintendent Promises Increased Religious Tolerance

October 25, 2005

Source: Loveland FYI

Wire Service: AP

On October 25, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A new superintendent took command of the Air Force Academy on Monday, saying his goal is to make the school a safe environment for cadets amid complaints of sexual assault and religious intolerance. 'We have to have a positive learning environment, one that is free from discrimination and assault,' Lt. Gen. John Regni told reporters. 'Right on the heels of that is safety.' He became the 17th superintendent of the 50-year old academy, replacing Lt. Gen. John Rosa, who was brought in to help the school recover from a sexual assault scandal in 2003... In recent months, the school has been shaken by allegations that evangelical Christian staffers and cadets at the academy had harassed students of other faiths. The Air Force issued new guidelines on religion in August, but an academy graduate filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the school’s leaders fostered an environment of intolerance. Rosa and his staff addressed religious discrimination claims with sensitivity training and more attention to the needs of minorities."