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Air Force Academy Flagged for Anti-Gay Culture

Dr. Mike Rosebush is an Operations Research Analyst for the Academy’s Center of Character and Leadership Development. - See Below

He analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of USAFA’s “Character & Leadership 101: Foundations of Honorable Living - Mosaic Personalized Coaching Experience” course. - See Below

This is a mandatory cadet counseling program. - Source

Exodus International, the organization for which Rosebush served as Professional Counselors' Network director, has publicly apologized for the harm caused by the espousal of the patently false notion that homosexuals can be "cured." - Source

Rosebush is also a former vice president of the antigay organization Focus on the Family, which has its headquarters in Colorado Springs, just a few miles from the academy's entry gate. - Source

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Anti-Gay Bigot Dr. Mike Rosebush

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Conversion Therapist at the Air Force Academy is Under Fire 

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Posted by Pam Zubeck

We started working on a story about Dr. Mike Rosebush some three weeks ago. You can read our complete report in tomorrow’s edition. But meantime, the word is spreading like wildfire about Rosebush, who believes in conversion therapy and now works at the Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Before the ink was dry on our paper, which is on the press today, one of several sources quoted in our story zipped off a letter to Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, calling for the dismissal of Rosebush. Fanning is the highest-ranking Pentagon official who has come out publicly as being gay.

That source was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. It should be noted that according to academy sources, Rosebush does not counsel or work directly with cadets.


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US Air Force Academy statement on the hiring of Dr. Rosebush

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US Air Force Academy statement on the hiring of Dr. Rosebush
11/19/13 10:36 PM


The United States Air Force Academy provided the following statement to The Rachel Maddow Show regarding the hiring of Dr. Michael Rosebush:

Dr. Mike Rosebush is an Operations Research Analyst for the Academy’s Center of Character and Leadership Development. He analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of USAFA’s “Character & Leadership 101: Foundations of Honorable Living - Mosaic Personalized Coaching Experience” course.  He began work at the Center in 2011, after working for two years as an  analyst in the Academy’s Plans and Programs office. He was hired for his background in leadership development and analytical skills.

In his current capacity, Dr Rosebush has been involved with the design and execution of MOSAIC Personalized Coaching. The MOSAIC program  develops growth in areas related directly to the Air Force’s Core Values and the Air Force’s Institutional Leadership Competencies, to include Respect for Human Dignity, Humility, Duty, Honesty, Care for Others, Taking Care of People, etc. The Academy’s Mosaic program is based on best practices from executive coaching in industry and academia. The program has been validated by the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, earning its 2013 Best Practices Award, and has generated requests by outside corporate agencies for application to their organizations.

Attached you will find the MOSAIC Program Manual which explains how character coaching is conducted at USAFA, with an the emphasis on living honorably, lifting others to their best possible selves, and elevating performance toward a common and noble purpose.

—Brus E. Vidal, Maj, USAF
Public Affairs Director, U.S. Air Force Academy

 


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Anti-Gay Bigot Dr. Mike Rosebush

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Conversion Therapist at the Air Force Academy is Under Fire 

Courtesy of csindy.com
Posted by Pam Zubeck

We started working on a story about Dr. Mike Rosebush some three weeks ago. You can read our complete report in tomorrow’s edition. But meantime, the word is spreading like wildfire about Rosebush, who believes in conversion therapy and now works at the Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Before the ink was dry on our paper, which is on the press today, one of several sources quoted in our story zipped off a letter to Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, calling for the dismissal of Rosebush. Fanning is the highest-ranking Pentagon official who has come out publicly as being gay.

That source was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. It should be noted that according to academy sources, Rosebush does not counsel or work directly with cadets.

 

 


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Anti-Gay Bigot Dr. Mike Rosebush

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US Air Force Academy hired a man whose only professional experience of the past two decades is working for the religious right and trying to “cure” gay people. - Source

US Air Force Academy has a history of sending cadets to healed .. Scott Hines, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1992,was sent to Ted Haggard’s New Life Church so they could give him therapy to make him straight. - Source

US Air Force Academy now covering up cadet’s concerns about anti-gay climate - Multiple sources with direct knowledge of what took place at the meeting say that today’s statement from the Air Force Academy does not accurately reflect what transpired, and that a number of concerns were in fact raised by gay cadets - Source


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Progressives Lash Out Against Air Force Academy’s ‘Ex-Gay’ Counselor

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation reveals a new billboard to call out the U.S. Air Force Academy’s hiring an advocate of ‘ex-gay therapy’ to lead its mandatory cadet counseling program.

Courtesy of advocate.com BY Sunnivie Brydum November 25 2013

Striking while the iron of public shaming is hot, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is set to reveal its third billboard in Colorado Springs, Colo., blasting the Air Force Academy’s employment of a fundamentalist Christian and “ex-gay” therapist as the chief of the academy’s mandatory counseling program at the Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Since news broke last week that the academy hired Mike Roshbush, Ph.D., to lead the mandatory counseling program and develop the academy’s program for examining fitness of character, the Air Force Academy has been in full damage-control mode.

And the Air Force won’t be able to go off the defensive any time soon, if the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has anything to say about it. Earlier this month, the Foundation, which aims to maintain the separation between church and state in U.S. military institutions, put up a billboard in Colorado Springs exposing an academy staffer’s promise that he “will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone I work with.”

And this week, the MRFF will unveil a new billboard, taking aim directly at Rosebush’s well-documented involvement in the “ex-gay” movement that aims to turn gay people straight through prayer and counseling. The practice, sometimes called “reparative therapy,” has been disavowed by every major medical and psychological organization in the country, and banned for use on minors in California and New Jersey.

US Air Force Academy Billboard

Featuring a rainbow arching over the words “We Ask. We Tell. We ‘Cure!’” the rainbow morphs into an American flag, which underlines what MRFF sees as the academy’s unspoken motto: “U.S. Air Force Academy — Graduate Straight.”

As John Aravosis at AmericaBlog first reported, Rosebush has a long and well-documented history within the right-wing, religious, and so-called ex-gay movement. A former vice president of the antigay group Focus on the Family, which is headquartered just a few miles from the academy in the central Coloradan city, Rosebush also claims he underwent “ex-gay” therapy to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. For the past two decades of his professional career, Rosebush has been a leading advocate in the push to affirm the scientifically discredited practice of “reparative therapy.”

In an effort to quell growing outrage over Rosebush’s virulently antigay past, top Air Force brass met with members of the academy’s Spectrum LGBQ-affinity group and produced a press release full of talking points about how proud the cadets were to be in the Air Force, and rejecting any claims that they are subjected to a hostile environment at the academy. But a closeted gay cadet — who can’t participate in Spectrum since he’s not out — slammed the Air Force’s statement as a “self-serving crock.” MRFF represents the cadet, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal within the ranks at the academy.

On Friday, the academy released a statement implying that it was investigating the allegations that it’s failing to adhere to federal law, which stipulates that members of the military may not be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, since the 2011 repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“The Air Force is comprised of a rich workforce whose backgrounds reflect various races, origins, orientations, ethnicities, languages, cultures and life experiences,” it reads the statement from Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff. “We promote an atmosphere of inclusion throughout our ranks and strive to ensure every Airman is treated with dignity and respect.”

The Air Force has confirmed that Rosebush leads the counseling program, though it was quick to note that he does not directly counsel cadets. Nevertheless, participation in the counseling program is mandatory for cadets, and Rosebush manages the team of counselors who do directly counsel cadets. And as Aravosis points out, Rosebush “developed the entire character and leadership building coaching program the academy uses, called ‘MOSAIC Personal Coaching.’”

 


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The United States Air Force Academy issued a statement this morning claiming that at a recent meeting with the academy’s top brass, gay cadets expressed no concerns about the culture at the Air Force Academy being in any way unwelcoming to gay cadets.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of what took place at the meeting say that today’s statement from the Air Force Academy does not accurately reflect what transpired, and that a number of concerns were in fact raised by gay cadets with academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson and her top staff.

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