So help me, me.
In a victory for the tombstone-dancing Military Religious Freedom Foundation (whose name implies the opposite of what they actually believe), the Air Force reversed its 2013 legal opinion requiring recruits to recite the entire Oath of Office when enlisting or receiving a commission in the U.S. Air Force. By entire oath I mean including the part where “So help me God” is said at the end.
The issue was originally raised back in 2013 when the MRFF found that the Air Force was enforcing the Federal laws requiring the entire oath as written. I never realized there was such a brouhaha over something as simple as uttering the words “so help me God.” Yet some people are so opposed to saying those words, as if it would violate some Atheist religious rite, and damn them to—wherever Atheists are damned to—that they would rather spend a year fighting for the right to not say them.
The MRFF rabidly opposes anything remotely Christian in our military. They’ve called military Bibles a national security threat. It’s no surprise that the Air Force reversed itself on this issue, as they’ve been on a witch-hunt for Christians for quite a few years. Having a Bible on your desk is now a controversial act. Writing Galatians 2:20 on a white board at the Air Force Academy is now a controversial act, because it makes MRFF director Mikey Weinstein feel “uncomfortable.”
Now you can join the Air Force without having to utter the word “God”, serve without seeing a Bible, hearing a scripture, or seeing a Christian religious symbol. All these things must be expunged when someone who feels uncomfortable seeing, hearing, or saying anything religious is present. And you never know when that person will be around, so if you serve, you better be careful.
This is a sad situation, and with God’s help, one day we will be able to restore the bedrock of our republic into our military, instead of this “post-Xtian” America the current administration has promoted.