Colorado Springs, Colo., June 2 - There's "a battle" going on at the Air Force Academy, says legendary football coach Bobby Bowden. The problem is deciding who started it.
Bowden and other evangelicals rallying around the Colorado-based Academy contend opponents are trying to limit their freedom to talk about God. "If you knew the cure for cancer, would you tell somebody or would you keep it a secret?" asked the Florida State coach at a May banquet in Colorado Springs sponsored by the nonprofit group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "The problem with us Christians is we won't speak out."
But others say evangelicals in and out of uniform speak out too aggressively at the Academy, creating an environment that Americans United for Separation of Church and State described as "systematic and pervasive religious bias and intolerance at the highest levels of the Academy command structure."