You may remember that the Air Force reversed themselves in 2013 and made the “so help me God” portion of the cadet’s oath optional. A Republican congressman from Texas — of course — now wants to make all cadets pledge an oath to God. His argument is breathtakingly stupid.
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) said the bill, called the Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act of 2015, would protect the religious freedom of American troops.
“Our Constitution’s very First Amendment protects every individual’s freedom of religion. But our servicemen and women who protect our county with their lives are seeing that freedom under fire,” he said in a statement.
The U.S. Air Force Academy announced in 2013 that cadets would not be required to say “so help me God” while reciting the Honor Oath.
Congressman, please turn in your dictionary to the word “optional.” That means that a cadet can include “so help me God” or choose not to include it when they swear their oath. How is their “freedom under fire” if they have the option to say it? How is the freedom of non-religious cadets not under fire if they’re forced to say it?
Johnson said the Air Force’s Academy only made the end of the oath optional “because of one radical atheist group’s demands!”
“Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion. That’s why I am introducing legislation that requires Congressional approval before any change would be made to military oaths,” he continued.
“The moral foundation of our country is in serious danger if we allow radical groups to dictate whether or not we can freely express our religious beliefs! It’s time to take a stand.”
Hey dumbass: optional. Op. Shun. Ul. The only one seeking to squash freedom of expression here is you, by forcing non-religious cadets to swear on oath to God. And why would you want them to swear an oath to a god they don’t believe in? Wouldn’t that be launching their career as officers with a lie? Seriously, you’re a fucking moron, which seems to be a prerequisite to being elected to Congress as a Texas Republican.