AMERICANS UNITED – Offended By An Oath: Proposal Would Force Air Force Cadets To Say ‘So Help Me God’


A federal lawmaker thinks cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and all members of the armed forces, whether enlisted or commissioned, should be forced to recite an oath that ends with the words “so help me God,” and he recently introduced legislation that would attempt to do just that by requiring Congress to approve any changes to oaths. […]

[…] This misguided and baseless measure is a response to two moves by the Air Force. In 2013, the Air Force Academy agreed to stop requiring cadets to say “so help me God” as part of the school’s Honor Oath – following a complaint by Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Read More

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  1. Dean Wilkins

    I called Rep Johnson’s DC office a couple of days ago to remind him that if freedom OF relition does not also mean freedom FROM religion it has no meaning at all., and cited the diversity of religious and non-religious beliefs in the Air Force. I identified myself as an Air Force veteran and a former faculty member at USAFA. I was told by his staff that the purpose of his legislation was not to force religion on anyone, but reserve for Congress, not the individual milita branches the authority to change military oaths. Maybe he thinks the Congress is likely to refuse any changes at all. It sounds pretty fishy to me, especially given the known religious conservativsm of his co-sponsors.

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