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Published:September 10th, 2014 11:14 EST

Outrage: Atheist Must Swear to God -- or Leave US Air Force

By Robert Paul Reyes

In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist airman last month was denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God -- and he is now poised to take the military to court, his lawyer said.


With the deadline for re-enlisting expiring in November, the technical sergeant at Creech Air Force base in Nevada -- whose name has not been released -- will be forced to sue the government in a federal court. "


America is a secular democracy not a theocracy, and it`s anathema and unconstitutional for the air force to force airmen to take an oath that affirms the existence of a deity.

The air force is coercing atheists and agnostics to express a belief in God; this is undemocratic, unconstitutional and un-American.

The other branches of the military do not require the reference to a Supreme Being and make the phrase optional.

America is a religiously pluralistic society, and our soldiers are members of monotheistic faiths, polytheistic religions, and some don`t believe in any god. The requirement to utter the phrase   "so help me God"  is discriminatory not only to atheists and agnostics but also to adherents of faiths that believe in a multiplicity of deities.

I can understand the Saudi Arabian air force requiring its recruits to swear allegiance to Allah, but this is freaking America and it`s an unholy outrage that the American Air Force is forcing god down the throats of our courageous airmen.

It`s hypocritical to ask our airmen to fight to defend freedom, when atheist airmen don`t have the freedom to omit a religious reference from their oath.

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