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.”
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Academy Public Affairs Director Maj. Brus Vidal said that “at present, the phrase ‘so help me God’ remains as part of the oath. Vidal told the Air Force Times they could: 1) make no change 2) make the God part optional or 3) strike the entire oath.”
My brother graduated from the Air Force Academy. He is a Christian who worked hard to get into the academy. It took him an extra year of diligent study after high school to get accepted. My family had no special political connections. My brother had to earn his recommendations with his own efforts. The neighborhood knew that my brother was preparing for something as he woke early in the morning, put on his heavy army boots, and ran through the streets of West Covina, California. I always admired his ability to run the endurance races (cross-country). I think the fastest I ever ran a mile took 7 minutes.
When one individual can file an email complaint about this subject and have Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson respond to it in just over an hour, there is a major problem. According to the article, The Superintendent told “Weinstein immediately (that she) had a poster that contained the oath removed from a prep school wall (at his request) and that the Academy would consider removing ‘so help me God’ from its oath.”
At this time of year, I should be putting up something about the scary nature of our world as Halloween approaches. I submit that this article is evidence that another frightening event seems to be occurring at one of the greatest military training institutions in this country. What could be more scary than that?