The Air Force has removed the phrase "So help me God" from the Cadet Oath, the Officer Oath, and the Enlisted Oath in the Academy Cadet Handbook. After receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force cadets, the executive director of The Chaplain's Alliance for Religious Liberty issued this statement: "The removal of this phrase is a disservice to the countless men and women who wish to include it as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and country. This phrase is a deeply rooted American tradition which George Washington began as the first president of the United States."
Cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado for many years have been reciting this oath: "We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God." Officials at the Air Force Academy in Colorado just announced that cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath because of one complaint from an anti-religious troublemaking group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
At a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood, soldiers were told by their instrutor, Don't donate to the tea party or to envangelical Christian groups. If you do, you could face punishment and be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Miitary Justice.
We know that President Obama is trying to eliminate all religious references from every public place or event, and I guess it looks like the military feels compelled to be politically correct.
Ask your Congressmen to look into these incredible interferences with soldiers' First Amendment rights.
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