On Behalf of 17 Re-Enlisting Air Force Officers, Military Religious Freedom Group Asks Defense Secretary to Fix Oath

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein just sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on behalf of 17 officers, urging him to put a stop to the Air Force’s bizarre enforcement of an oath that includes the unnecessary words “So Help Me God”:



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Bryan Fischer: Atheists Should Be Banned from the Military

The Air Force may soon be forced to fix a problem of their own making by allowing an atheist to reenlist even though he doesn’t want to sign an oath that includes the phrase “So Held Me God.”

But Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer has a better solution: Just ban atheists from the military altogether:



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Incompetent Air Force Officials Are Asking the Defense Department Whether “So Help Me God” in Oath is Optional

Last week, we learned that an anonymous service member at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada was denied reenlistment because he refused to sign an oath that included the phrase “So help me God.”

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a warning letter to Air Force officials suggesting this was absolutely unacceptable.

Yesterday, an Air Force official told Stars and Stripes that it had asked the Defense Department’s top lawyer for advice on what to do:

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Two Very Different Takes on the Phrase “So Help Me God”

The news that an atheist airman refused to sign an oath that contained the words “so help me God” last month, and was subsequently denied reenlistment, has drawn some interesting responses. Among others, Law Professor Eugene Volokh and former United States Congressman Allen West have weighed in. Their takes are so profoundly different as to provide a useful study in contrasts.

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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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