HUFFINGTON POST – Air Force Academy May Drop ‘So Help Me God’ From Oath

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The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. is considering whether or not they should drop the “so help me God” portion from its honor oath after Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed a complaint.

“To tie the honor code to a religious test violates the no-establishment clause of the Constitution,” said MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein to The Colorado Springs Gazette.

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  1. Daniel Bush

    Let us all pray that our US Air Force has a greater understanding of our constitution than the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. There is only one reason that this country remained strong and that is by the grace of the one and only true God. Let us pray that The US Air Force has the guts to say no to this threat. Our men and women need all the help they can get. And the only help that matters comes from the one with all the power. God alone has all the power. And with Him we should continue to stand and ask for help. This organization would have our Nation completely turn our back on God. If we do turn our back on God, this country will be lost. And with it the constitution. Whether any reader like it or agrees with our founders, this country was founded on the freedom to worship the God of the bible. And to that end, Congress shall make no law to prevent this freedom.

  2. Mike Challman

    Daniel Bush, it is clear that you are an ardent man of faith, and I appreciate and respect that. I am also a fervent Christian and a man of prayer, love and service to God and others.

    However, I disagree with you in virtually every area of your comments. The US Constitution is not a religious document — quite the contrary, it is a remarkable document that has guided our nation for more than two centuries on a path of justice, fair treatment and respect for human dignity of people of all beliefs, or no belief. Frankly, I agree with you that the architects of the Constitution seem to have been guided by a wisdom and foresight that belies our fragile and imperfect human nature… but the vision to which we are drawn by the words of the Constitution is not one that demands all citizens pledge allegiance to God, or even acknowledge His existence. While that sort of difference in belief may seem wrong-headed and abhorrent to some staunch Christians, it is nonetheless allowed and protected by the Constitution.

    I am a graduate of the USAF Academy and an Air Force veteran who served proudly. So the issue surrounding the honor oath at USAFA is especially important to me. And I can say with some knowledge and authority that the Academy that I attended, and the Air Force in which I served, should only exist to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. There is no place for an institutional mandate regarding allegiance to God. It is unconstitutional and simply wrong.

    None of this requires you, me or any other Christian to turn our back on God. We remain free to believe and worship as we desire, and free to pray for God’s grace
    on our country. My introduction to MRFF has only been very recent, but I have spent considerable time of late educating myself on the core issues and concerns that led to the creation of the foundation. And I have concluded that the protections that MRFF is seeking are for ALL military members, both religious and non-religious.

    Thomas Paine once wrote, ” He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

    While I would hope that none of us consider any of our fellow citizens to be enemies because of differences of belief, I still think that Paine’s words are worth considering. Protection of the liberty and freedom of all Americans, including the religious, demands that we honor and respect the right of others to believe or not believe even the things that are dearest to us.

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