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Religious groups applaud new Air Force rules allowing turbans, hijabs, beards

By Aysha Khan — February 13, 2020

(RNS) — The new guidelines allow personnel to request a waiver to wear religious apparel, including turbans and hijabs, and to have unshorn hair or beards for religious reasons. 

First woman Muslim chaplain commissioned in the US military

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2020

(RNS) — Saleha Jabeen became a second lieutenant in a December ceremony at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Military Bible display at center of religious liberty tussle

By Katelyn Beaty — July 30, 2018

(RNS) — After pressure from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Bible was removed from the base’s ‘Missing Man’ table and will be replaced by a multifaith book.

The 10 most read ‘Faitheist’ stories of 2014

By Chris Stedman — January 1, 2015

As we begin 2015, here’s a look back at the most read ‘Faitheist’ posts from last year—from whether or not atheists can be fundamentalists to why atheists shouldn’t call religion a mental illness.

Under God * Statue porn * Incest rights?: September’s Religious Freedom Recap

By Brian Pellot — October 2, 2014

From church-state battles in America to religious freedom news around the world. Catch up on last month’s dirt, now with more snark.

Airman denied re-entry to Air Force for refusing to say ‘so help me God’

By Kimberly Winston — September 5, 2014

(RNS) He’s willing to sign a secular version of the Air Force oath but there’s no such legal option.

Air Force Academy drops ‘So help me God’ from honor oath

By Kimberly Winston — October 28, 2013

(RNS) The Air Force Academy’s Honor Oath was adopted by the academy’s first class in 1959 without the words “So help me God,” which were added in 1984 following a cheating scandal.

Debate reignites over religion at Air Force Academy

By Chris Lisee — July 12, 2012

 (RNS) Debate has reignited at the Air Force Academy over the proper place of religion as fresh cadets arrived for basic training in Colorado Springs, Colo. By Chris Lisee.

Lawmaker angry over loss of ‘God’ in Air Force logo

By Tracy Gordon — February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (RNS) The head of the Congressional Prayer Caucus has lodged a complaint with the Air Force over the decision to remove the word “God” from a division logo. By Annalisa Musarra.

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