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Air Force football players kneeling in prayer are branded a ‘putrid’ example of ‘Christian supremacy’ that could provoke ISIS

  • Ex-officer Michael Weinstein described the public prayers as an ‘outrage’ 
  • He claims Air Force Academy football players are forced to participate
  • His organisation has spoken to members claiming they’re scared to refuse
  • Weinstein insists display of Christianity could be used for ISIS propaganda

A former U.S. Air Force officer has branded the ritual of military football players kneeling in prayer a ‘putrid’ example of ‘Christian supremacy’ and demanded it must stop.

Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), insisted the public prayers so often seen on the football pitch before games are ‘a scandalous outrage’.

He said Air Force Academy football players had approached the MRFF claiming they were forced into joining the prayers, for fear of punishment.


He even claimed that such a public showcase of Christianity could be used in anti-American propaganda produced by ISIS and al-Qaeda.

‘It’s a disgrace,’ said Mr Weinstein, who graduated from the Academy in 1977.

‘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 that the civilian counterparts they’re playing on the field.’



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