In a victory for secularism prompted by action from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Air Force Academy has made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the Cadet Honor Oath. Naturally, the wingnuts are freaking out over it, like the American Family Association.
The Air Force Academy is considering dropping the phrase “so help me God” from its oath after atheist Mickey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a complaint.
The Academy’s oath is: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”
In a meeting with American Family Association at the Pentagon last month, an Air Force spokesman said Weinstein has no influence and that it doesn’t even return his calls.
Ironically, this week, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson responded to Weinstein within 68 minutes of his email to the Academy. She told Weinstein she immediately had a poster that contained the oath removed from a prep school wall removed (at his request) and that the Academy would consider removing “so help me God” from its oath.
Notice the obsession with Mikey rather than actually engaging the issue. And they want their members to “take action” to keep the oath the way it is:
Urge Air Force Academy Commandant Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel to preserve religious liberty by defending the oath and recommending the Academy keep the current language intact.
Such a perverse notion of “religious liberty.” For the AFA, forcing all cadets to use religious language is “religious freedom” while making it optional is religious tyranny. Up is down, black is white, war is peace.