DENVER, May 12 -- An Air Force chaplain who complained that evangelical Christians were trying to "subvert the system" by winning converts among cadets at the Air Force Academy was removed from administrative duties last week, just as the Pentagon began an in-depth study of alleged religious intolerance among cadets and commanders at the school.
"They fired me," said Capt. MeLinda Morton, a Lutheran minister who was removed as executive officer of the chaplain unit on May 4. "They said I should be angry about these outside groups who reported on the strident evangelicalism at the academy. The problem is, I agreed with those reports."
I did a bit of googling on Chaplain Morton at the time. Turns out she had a paper trail. Read the abstract of her paper submitted to the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education (reproduced below) last year.
II. “Corruptive Interpretations of Institutional Culture Change; the Moral Consequences of Pervasive Christian Fundamentalism.”
Authors: Christopher J. Luedtke, United States Air Force Academy
Chaplain MeLinda Morton, United States Air Force Academy
Abstract: Religious belief systems and practices comprise morally forceful elements within a determinative cultural nexus. Nominally secular institutions, seeking to change institutional culture, must address the attendant power dynamic and articulated moral focus apparent within constitutive religious milieu. This paper examines contemporary articulations of American Christian Fundamentalism in an attempt to determine the potential change response of a cultural nexus inclusive of leaders and members espousing the moral grounding and religious perspective of Christian Fundamentalists. Particular to this consideration is the Fundamentalist moral response to gender integration within contemporary, federally funded, military undergraduate educational institutions.
But who is Chris Luedtke? An instructor at USAFA sent me this tidbit:
Several Christian teachers here used to take out a "Christmas Card" ad in a December issue of the base paper. We'd put in something along the lines of "We believe Jesus is the reason for the season. If you'd like to know more, feel free to contact one of us."
Suddenly this Luedtke guy started showing up at the CLM meetings (Christian Leadership Ministries) and told us he was just there "to monitor." Along with him came the new chaplain, Whittaker I think his name was. They ended up harassing us out of running the ad anymore. They did their part to stop "Pervasive Christian Fundamentalism."
He’s still in, by the way.
Delenda Est Carthago: connecting the dots since 2004.