You Have a Choice: Sign a Contract That Says “So Help Me God” or Get Out of the Air Force

When a service member stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada decided to reenlist last month, his contract included the words “So help me God.”

He decided to cross the phrase out, which should be perfectly acceptable, but the Air Force said he had to include it or get out. Now, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is stepping in:

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There’s Even More Religion Than We Thought in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program

Yesterday, I posted about how military personnel at Fort Gordon in Georgia who were struggling with drugs or alcohol may be directed by their superiors to go into the “Army Substance Abuse Program” (ASAP):

The problem was that one of the recovery “tools” they were given was a copy of Pastor Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life, all about how Christianity gives you purpose in life.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein has already written two letters to Major General LaWarren Patterson demanding the distribution be stopped.

Today, I received an email from a graduate of the ASAP program. Not only did he confirm the giveaway of Warren’s book, he told me that his “certificate of completion” included the Serenity Prayer:

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Why Are Soldiers in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program Being Given Copies of “The Purpose Driven Life”?

At Fort Gordon in Georgia, military personnel who have substance abuse problems may be directed by their superiors to go into the “Army Substance Abuse Program“:

Soldiers are encouraged to seek help voluntarily for drug and alcohol problems. While self-referral is the preferred method of identification, commanders are also responsible for identifying Soldiers at risk and for referring them to the ASAP for evaluation by the counseling staff and for supporting the recommended intervention and rehabilitation.

All of that is perfectly fine… but according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein, one of the recovery “tools” being handed to soldiers is a copy of Pastor Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life. Because Jesus is the government’s path to recovery.

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Just Like That, U.S. Navy Says Bibles Must Be Returned to Base Hotel Rooms

Earlier this week, following a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), which runs more than 40 Navy Lodge hotels across the world, agreed to remove all the bibles from their rooms.

That didn’t mean bibles were banned — guests could always bring in their own copies or request one from the front desk. But the default setting of “let’s promote Christianity in Navy hotels” was finally turned off.

Or so we thought.

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After Atheists Blow the Whistle, U.S. Navy Says Bibles Must Be Removed from Base Hotel Rooms

If you visit a hotel in the United State, odds are you’ll find a Bible in the room (donated by Gideons International). There’s not much you can do about that. The hotels are privately owned and they have every right to do that, just as the Marriott chain (owned by Mormons) can also place a Book of Mormon in the nightstand.

But the U.S. Navy doesn’t have that right. They are not supposed to be in the business of endorsing religion. Yet the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) which runs more than 40 Navy Lodge hotels across the world also places those Bibles in rooms.

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