On Friday, October 25, 2013, officials at the Air Force Academy announced that Academy cadets will no longer be required to include the words “So help me God” when taking their annual Honor Oath. That phrase is now optional.
“So help me God” is an expression added to an oath as a call to a moral authority to guarantee someone’s honesty. So who will guarantee the oath taker’s integrity now?
The decision to make the Academy oath optional was the result of accusations that the reference to God was a violation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
There are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence. If our Founding Fathers often referred to a Creator in that revered document, which clearly did not establish a religion, how can a reference to God in an Air Force Academy Oath now be considered a violation of the Establishment Clause?
Atheists believe references to God in official documents constitute the establishment of a church or a religion. It’s time for the ninety percent of us who believe in God to “man up,” and assert strongly and publicly, “No it doesn’t! That position is not logical or defensible! ”