AF Academy gives airmen the option to swear 'so help me God' in honor oath

I imagine most cadets will still swear the oath saying "so help me God" so it's not the end of the world. It's not like the Air Force is preventing religious airmen from exercsing their constitutional rights. But it's indicative of the influence that outside groups can have on our military simply by threatening a lawsuit. Air Force Times: The Air Force Academy on Friday announced that it will now be optional for cadets to recite "so help me God" at the end of its honor oath. The academy made the change in response to a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state in the military. "Here at the academy, we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, airmen and civilian airmen to freely practice and exercise their religious preference - or not," academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said. "So, in the spirit of respect, cadets may or may...(Read Full Post)

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