TX Congressman Says Something Really Dumb. Film at 11.

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.

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  • John Pieret

    Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion. …

    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!

    Something tells me he thinks “we” should be able to “freely express our religious beliefs” by forcing everyone else to express them too.

  • llewelly

    hm, wasn’t the decision to make it optional in the first place motivated by the actions of the MRFF? Last I checked, their leader actually was not an atheist …

  • Doug Little

    Their Deity is so weak that it will disappear if everybody is not constantly reminded of its existence.

  • teawithbertrand

    “Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion.”

    I once saw a version of this on a T-shirt. Dumbest. Fucking. Statement. Ever.

    Fuck you, congressman. You’re the reason I’m an FFRF member and send them what I can.

  • kantalope

    Clearly Airmen should have the freedom to swear to god or be forced to swear to god…see choices are really freedom.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    STOP STEPPING ON MY FREEDOM OF RELIGION!!! ITS NOT FREEDOM IF I CANT FORCE OTHER PEOPLE TO SWEAR OATHS TO MY GOD!!!

  • theguy

    “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!”

    America’s values have been under attack by the Tea Party. If we allow fundamentalist Christians to dictate whether non-Christians have any rights, then America’s moral secular values will be destroyed by sheer blunt force.

  • roggg

    You know how homeopathy works by using “like” to cure “like”. It’s kind of like that. In order to preserve religious freedom of expression, they have to remove the right to choose whether or how to express oneself religiously. See?

    Now if only they could catch on to the “water that shit down until it doesn’t do anything to anybody” part of the analogy…

  • Curt Cameron

    I’m from Texas, and often hang my head in shame about the antics of our congresscritters. But this one surprised me – Sam Johnson represents Plano, for pete’s sake. He’s not from Lufkin or Tyler – he represents not the dumbass rednecks of the state, but the wealthy and relatively cosmopolitan surburbanites.

    WTF, Sam?

  • Childermass

    “Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act”

    Protect God?

    Is he must be in danger of becoming a small god.

    Turtle soup anyone?

  • raven

    Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act

    If god needs protection provided by humans, he must be sick or dead. Poor guy, at one time he was the all powerful creator and ruler of the universe.

    If that is the case, then why call it god?

  • scienceavenger

    Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion.

    Of course we do. I can’t have freedom of religion if I’m not free from yours.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion.

    It’s really, really depressing how many of our elected representatives should have failed basic civics, if they even got that in school. Although the First Amendment doesn’t use those exact words, the meaning is very clear. Unless, of course, you’re an ideologue who wants to impose his religion on everyone else.

  • D. C. Sessions

    He’s not from Lufkin or Tyler – he represents not the dumbass rednecks of the state, but the wealthy and relatively cosmopolitan surburbanites.

    Those wealthy and relatively cosmopolitan suburbanites vote for the “no taxes or regulation” part of the platform. The social authoritarian part isn’t much of a concern to them, but it keeps the knuckle-draggers voting (R) so they’re cool with it.

  • http://changerofbits.blogspot.com/ changerofbits

    He was for freedom before he was against it, all in the span of a single sentence.

  • felidae

    What would be a real news story is a week when a Congrescritter from Texas DOESN’T say something stupid

  • blf

    Noone in Texas says anything stupid

    HUSTON(remains of). The nuclear bombardment from orbit worked. No stupid comments have been said for over a week.

    Scientist speculate the planet may be inhabitable again in a few billion years. However, none are willing to rule out the possibility of another infestation of ‘B Ark’ers devolving.