Five Air Force Academy instructors and an advocacy group have filed a court complaint to stop a February prayer luncheon because of its outspoken evangelical speaker.

The complaint, filed in conjunction with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on Monday, contends that the academy is violating the separation of church as state as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs lament that the luncheon purports to be an inclusive, interfaith effort to emphasize “the spiritual values upon which our nation is founded,” but then fouls that effort with its speaker choice. They criticize the keynote speaker, Lt. Clebe McClary, as a Christian who commonly intertwines military codes with his evangelical beliefs. Therefore, the academy is actively promoting the Christian faith through the event, the documents contend.

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