‘God’ May Be Removed from U.S. Air Force Academy Oath
ICC Note: The United States Air Force Academy is considering whether to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath recited by cadets during graduation ceremonies. The “Military Religious Freedom Foundation”, an atheist organization, has filed multiple complaints and gotten the attention of Academy’s superintendent, who has called together a committee to decide on retaining or removing the oath. The news comes as just one more incident in a nationwide effort to remove any references to God from public life in the United States.
10/25/2013 United States (Charisma) – The Air Force Academy is considering dropping the phrase “so help me God” from its oath after atheist Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation 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.
The Academy’s Honor Review Committee met this week to review the oath at Weinstein’s demands, Public Affairs Director Maj. Brus Vidal said in an interview with The Air Force Times.