Air Force Flips Once Again: “So Help Me God” NOT Required
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Now “So Help Me God” is not required.
The US air force has allowed an atheist airman to re-enlist after initially refusing to process the his paperwork, because he refused to sign an oath that contained the phrase “so help me God”.
The service announced the policy reversal after the American Humanist Association threatened to file suit by 19 September .
“After fighting for our rights, non-theists now again have the status quo in the Air Force, a secular affirmation consistent with other branches of service and our Constitution”, said Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, in a statement.
The unnamed airman, stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, was allowed to sign a secular affirmation to the service. Initially, the airman struck the phrase “so help me God” from his paperwork, and refused to say the phrase during a verbal oath when attempting to re-enlist on 25 August.
American airmen were allowed to omit the phrase until October 2013, according to the Air Force Times, when the service changed its interpretation of oaths in 10 USC 502, 5 USC 3331 and Title 32.