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Mar 31 2014

Do They Ever Stop Lying?

A few months ago, the Air Force Academy decided to allow officer candidates to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths upon graduation. That set off a typhoon of dishonesty and demagoguery that has yet to subside. A huge coalition of Christian right groups put up this billboard near the campus of the academy:

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The answer is obvious: Yes, they are free to say “so help me God.” The academy didn’t ban it, they made it optional. I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of those taking the oath will include it. No one is preventing them from doing so. They aren’t fighting for their right to say it, they’re fighting against everyone else’s right not to say it. Seriously, do they ever stop lying? Ever?

Here’s a list of all the group involved in putting up this billboard: American Family Association, American Values, Alliance Defending Freedom, Center for Military Readiness, Center for Security Policy, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, Concerned women for America, Family Research Council, Family PAC Federal, Freedom Alliance, Freedom X, Heritage Foundation, International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers, Judicial Watch, Liberty Center for Law and Policy, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Media Research Center, Military-Veterans Advocacy, Ohio Faith and Freedom Coalition, Patriotic Veterans, Stand Up America, Thomas More Law Center, The Oak Initiative and Traditional Values Coalition. Every one of them is complicit in telling an absolutely ridiculous lie.

My friends at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation quickly put up this billboard in response:

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Honest and accurate.

16 comments

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  1. 1
    Kevin Kehres

    Ouch!

  2. 2
    sh3baproject

    damn thats a big list of wingnut groups

  3. 3
    Trebuchet

    The lying billboard is not loading for me.

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    To answer your question: No. Lies are their stock and trade, and if they stopped lying they would be out of business.

  5. 5
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Do They Ever Stop Lying?

    No.

  6. 6
    John Pieret

    No, no, no!

    Cadets are not free to say it unless everyone is made to say it! Otherwise you are just “allowed” to say it as opposed to exercising your God-given right to say it because YOUR government mandates it. You have to maintain your right to say it by making sure that those OTHER PEOPLE’S government doesn’t make it just an option!

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    “Optional”? But God is fueled by oaths forced by the State from the mouths of indifferent heretics, pagans and nonbelievers!

  8. 8
    d.c.wilson

    Why tell the truth when lying is so much better from fundraising?

  9. 9
    Moggie

    Well, you see, freedom is a zero-sum game, so if you grant atheists the freedom to not say “so help me God”, you must be taking away freedom from Christians. That’s how it works. Also, the atheist gets to say “so help me God” if they feel like it, because it doesn’t really matter to them either way, whereas the Christian can’t not say it, because of the lake of fire etc. So that’s not fair.

  10. 10
    raven

    Do They Ever Stop Lying?

    How could they? Lying is one of their three main sacraments.

  11. 12
    coryat

    I was saddened to see that the American Institute of American Family Freedom and Liberty for America Association was not involved in the bullshit billboard.

  12. 13
    marcus

    @12 Not to mention the “American Institute and Consortium of Concerned Americans for Religious Freedom and Liberty for Free Families (Judicial Watch Division)”.
    Splitters!

  13. 14
    Michael Heath

    Ed’s blog post title [rhetorical]:

    Do They Ever Stop Lying?

    They can’t not lie. And that will be true as long as they depend on false premises that buttress their faith. What’s even more disturbing is their zeal for lying.

    I don’t remember that so much when I was a kid in the 1970s. Sure there were some but they were mostly avoided; not put into positions of power and celebrated as we observe today. Of course we didn’t have the innertubes back then either.

  14. 15
    dingojack

    US Constitution
    Article 2, Clause 8:
    “Before he enters the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” [Emphasis mine].

    Seems pretty simple to me. And if it’s good enough for the Commander in Chief….

    Dingo

  15. 16
    democommie

    @2:

    You call that a list, that’s not a list; now this:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations

    THIS is a list, mate!

    Now, what you might find entertaining is to see how many of the names on the Bibleboard list are on the RWW list. I checked the first five, they’re all there.

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