Have you ever noticed that when it’s discovered that our government has done something against the will of the people, some official will step up and say that it was a mistake? Funny how they never catch their own “mistakes.” Funny how they only acknowledge these “mistakes” and make changes when other people discover the issue and make it public.
The latest case of a “mistake” that was found out is the U.S. Air Force taking the phrase “So help me God” out of three of its oaths in the 2012 edition of the official cadet handbook. In response – and the only way we will ever get results is to demand them – 28 members of Congress sent a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson demanding to know why the phrase was removed. The oaths in question are the Cadet’s Oath of Allegiance, the Oath of Office for Officers and the Oath of Enlistment.
The Air Force claims that the omission was a mistake. Major Brus Vidal called it “an editorial oversight” and said that next year’s edition of the handbook will include the missing phrase.
Isn’t it interesting that the “oversight” occurred with the exact same words in three different oaths? And isn’t it interesting that no one caught the omission in the editing process, despite the fact that the phrase was part of these oaths for so many years? And it must just be a coincidence that it occurred under the watch of an administration that has done everything possible to take God out of the equation.
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty Executive Director Ron Crews had this to say about the omission:
“This phrase is a deeply-rooted American tradition – begun by George Washington as the first president of the United States and now stated by many who take an oath of service to our country. The removal of this phrase is a disservice to the countless men and women who wish to include this phrase as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and their country.”
Crews added that he respects the right of cadets not to say the phrase if they don’t wish to, but that the law requires that the words remain part of the oaths.
Do you believe that the removal of the phrase, “So help me God,” from the Air Force cadet’s handbook was intentional or an honest omission?