Air Force Academy may drop ‘God’ from oath

By on October 23, 2013

The Air Force Academy is considering dropping the phrase “so help me God’ from its honor oath after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a complaint.

The Academy’s Honor Review Committee met Wednesday to review the oath in response to the MRFF complaint, said Public Affairs Director Maj. Brus Vidal.

“They considered a range of options and some of those options will be presented to Academy leaders and, ultimately, the Academy Superintendent for a decision,” he said.

The current version of the Academy’s oath reads: “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.”

Last week, the Colorado Springs Independent newspaper published a photograph of a poster at the academy which included the oath. The newspaper then forwarded the photo to MRFF President Mikey Weinstein.

Weinstein, a frequent critic of Christianity in the armed forces, wrote a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson. Weinstein said she responded 68 minutes later.

“The Prep School poster has been taken down,” she wrote in an email reply posted by the Independent. “We are assessing the situation and have many mission elements, to include Prep School leadership, the Honor Review Committee and other entities on base, working to put together a way ahead that is respectful to all perspectives.”

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  • Laurettecanada

    Why? Does anyone ask why? Why does some bogus Military Religious Freedom Foundation have a voice in a nation where it was written one nation under God? Why does a so called Christian nation allow atheists to kick God out of schools, the military, and virtually every place they find Him? .Try as they may they can never get rid of Him. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent and He lives in the heart of His children.

  • lee metzger

    Sorry MRFF! We’re all going to be offended by something in this life, get over it. As for the Air Force, if they remove God from the oath, they have lost my support forever!

    • RC

      than God will not bless this nation anymore it IS WRITTEN

      • RC

        they will find out real soon

        • Chris McLean

          Ahh, fortune teller are ya??
          Please tell me more about what you know to happen in the future??
          Tell me who will be given cancer by your ‘loving’ god??

      • Chris McLean

        I forgot how god blessed this nation with slavery, really cool thing to allow to happen!!
        What race was Adam and Eve?? White, Black, Eskimo??

  • Michelle Aime

    Keep in mind that this is a spiritual battle

  • J. Doe

    I still can’t understand why the military, that is supposed to be tough and stand for traditional values, buckles like little girls at the slightest word of a secular agency (every single time) complaining about anything to do with tradition and Godly priniciples. I never did like the “so help me God” line anyway because it does seem blasphemous, but “God” does need to remain in it. I have a suggestion. How about “… I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, this I pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I think the MRFF would love that.