Although this country was founded upon the Christian word of God, it seems that many have since distanced themselves over the course of time. Despite the nation continuing to dissolve, the Air Force is standing strong as it has recently announced that even atheists must “swear to God,” or will ultimately be discharged from the service.
News of the ruling came about after a technical sergeant at Creech Air Force base in Nevada whose name has not been released, has refused to swear allegiance to the nation “under God,” as he states it’s a violation of his rights being an atheist. As the soldier’s enlistment period ends in November, he is more than likely going to have to sue the Air Force in order to enlist once again as, by the time the courts get around to it, his enlistment period will have expired.
Taking on his case is attorney Monica Miller who, with the permission of the Sergeant, sent a letter to the military branch demanding the rules and regulations be changed to suit the rights of all Americans. She has since announced, “We have not received word from the Air Force regarding our letter. It has not indicated a willingness to settle out of court.”
The argument over the issue surrounds the October 2013 change to the rule in which airmen were allowed to obit the phrase, “so help me God,” until the Air Force made that no longer an option. As it stands, the Air Force is the only military branch that does not allow for the Christian swearing to be omitted to cater to the beliefs of non-Christians.
According to Miller, “This is the only branch to my knowledge that’s actually requiring everyone in all instances to use the religious language.” She furthermore described that the mandate is a violation of American service member’s Constitutional right saying, “The government cannot compel a nonbeliever to take an oath that affirms the existence of a supreme being.”
Attention on the matter has been brought to the extent that even US Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek has since come forward to address the situation. Saying that in the mean time the Sergeant has until November to take the oath and reenlist, “a written legal opinion is being requested,” from the Pentagon’s top lawyer in order to clarify the question at hand.
So what do you think – does the military branch have the right to make those who serve swear under the same God in which the country was founded, or is this a violation of Constitutional rights?