Enlisting or re-enlisting in a military service requires taking an oath, ending in the words “so help me God.” An atheist airman trying to re-enlist in the Air Force has crossed out those words in the paperwork he is supposed to sign. So the Air Force is not letting him re-enlist.
Lawsuits are in the works. But does it make sense to require a person to swear in the name of a deity he does not believe in? And doesn’t requiring a religious oath for military service constitute a “religious test” for public office, which the Constitution does not allow? More to the point, in a time when the religious liberty of Christians is threatened more and more, don’t Christians need to support the religious liberty of everyone, including atheists? [Read more…]