I just received this about an hour ago. In violation of the establishment clause of the US Constitution the US Air Force is making official policy forcing religion on their cadets.
Here’s the email:
US Air Force Academy forcing cadets to say “so help me god” to get commissioned!! …..”The words in the Oath of Office MUST be said in order for your Commissioning to be legal.”
From: Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxx X MSgt USAF USAFA CW/CS21
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 10:45 AM
To: CS21_C14_ALL; CS21_C15_All; CS21_C16_All; CS21_C17_ALL
Cc: Xxxxxxxxxx, Xxxxx x Maj USAF USAFA USAFA CG3/CS21; Xxxxxxxx xxx, Xxxxxxx x Maj USAF USAFA CW/CS27
Subject: INFO: Change to Oath of Office (Optional “So Help Me, God.”
Bottom Line: Don’t expect to have any words changed in the near future.
You may remember seeing guidance regarding another Commissioning Source out of Maxwell AFB and an Airman challenging the last sentence in the Officer’s Oath of Office (“So Help Me, God.”). The Airman was allowed to omit the this statement. I engaged Cadet Personnel earlier this semester regarding this possible change for those who would prefer to omit this verbiage as well (both verbally and on the Form 103 – your Commissioning documentation — where the Oath is written and your signature is required). They had received no specific guidance. I also questioned the Chaplain Corps who also had received no specific guidance. Today, I spoke with the JAG and have the following information update:
The Air Force has since rescinded the guidance of omission. The Oath of Office is governed by Congressional Oversight. The words in the Oath of Office MUST be said in order for your Commissioning to be legal. Legislation is addressing the possibility of change however, due to other business priorities, who knows when this will be looked at again. If you are passionate about changing this legislation I encourage you to contact your Congressional Representatives and let them know how you feel. If you’d like to discuss this topic further I’m always here.
MSgt Xxxxxxx x Xxxxxx
Blackjacks 21 AMT
This is an egregious violation of civil rights! No one should have to give up their constitutional right to religious freedom to serve their country!
Congratulations Air Force! Stand the fuck by!
Our allies at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation have jumped on top of this issue. We are currently in talks with the highest levels of the Pentagon and the leadership at the Air Force Academy. Our demands are a full retraction and apology from the Master Sergeant. To the best of our knowledge there has been no change in policy restricting Airman from opting out of the religious portion of the pledge. More updates forthcoming with the results of our talks.