Air Force Academy may drop religious reference from oath
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy may drop a religious reference from an oath that cadets take to swear allegiance to the school's honor code.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation protested the "so help me God" phrase at the end of an oath that has cadets swearing they won't lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.
The foundation's founder, Mikey Weinstein (WYN'-steen), says it's unconstitutional "to tie the honor code to a religious test," and he's threatening to sue the academy if the words aren't removed from the cadet oath.
The academy says it's considering several options. The Colorado Springs Gazette says that could include dumping the entire honor oath or making the religious reference optional.
Weinstein says he doesn't mind if cadets add the words "so help me God" as long as they aren't required to do so.
304-a-09-(Mikey Weinstein (WYN'-steen), president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, in AP interview)-"the words there"-Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says cadets could still say "so help me God" as long as it isn't in the oath itself. (24 Oct 2013)