Who's to guess why religion issues dog the academy when the chief icon is a chapel?
We first reported on the "so help me God"
issue in November 2013, sparked by a billboard sponsored by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Now, a congressman from Texas, Sam Johnson
, is trying to force the phrase at the Air Force Academy
, and our representative, Congressman Doug Lamborn
is one of three co-sponsors who've already signed on
. The other two are Pete Olson
and Pete Sessions
, both from Texas. All are Republicans
, as you might suspect.
The full story can be found here
. The story starts like this:
A Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would force cadets at the Air Force’s Academy to say “so help me God” during their oaths every school year. He said the legislation is necessary because Americans don’t have “freedom from religion.”
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.
Well, we had to check in with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder, Mikey Weinstein
, to get his take. Though he's been inundated with media calls, Weinstein took time to send us this statement:
Congressman Sam Johnson should be tried for treason and sedition. The astounding ignorance and bigotry displayed by his brazen presentation of this proposed wretched sectarian legislation is literally mind-ripping. Not only does it viciously savage United States constitutional religious protections afforded all American citizens, including members of the U.S. military, it also provides an unparalleled bonanza of propaganda for our fundamentalist Islamic enemies such as Isis, the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Additionally, it enrages our Islamic allies and utterly desecrates and destroys military unit cohesion, good order, morale and discipline. The United States Congress should at the very least censure this constitutionally derelict villain and universally despicable human being.
Lamborn wasn't happy about "so help me God" being made optional by the academy, leading him to issue this statement about the matter on Nov. 15, 2013:
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. Here's a story on the International Business Times
website about it.