by Andrew Zuelke, Constitution Party of Wisconsin
An article from the Associated Press titled “’So help me God’ optional in Air Force oath” writes that Air Force cadets are no required to say ‘So help me God’ at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday.
The oath, taken by Air Force cadets once a year, states, “We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”
The AP article continues, The words (so help me God) were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an advocacy group, that they violated the constitutional concept of religious freedom.
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) supports the Bill of Rights including the 1st Amendment which says in part “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion (state run church), or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (parenthesis added), but just because the Air Force Academy is operated by the government it doesn’t mean all references to God must be forbidden.
The CPoW rejects and will fight any attempt to create a theocracy, Christian or otherwise, in America. The CPoW and the national Constitution Party supports only a republican form of government as stated in Article 4: Section 4 of the Constitution: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government…”
The CPoW believes that no one should be compelled to attend church services, give offerings to a church or be forced to convert to a certain religion. We believe faith in God is not real if it is forced. But we ask, “Is there currently a push by devout Christians to install a theocracy in America that we don’t know about? Are atheists, agnostics, Hindus or Muslims being rounded up and detained for their faith, or lack of faith, anywhere in our republic?”
One might ask, “So what is wrong with wanting to make ‘so help me God’ optional?”
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin replies, “Nothing…if that were all the atheists and secularists wanted.”
The AP article adds comments from Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF, on the decision from the Air Force Academy after the MRFF’s complaint. Weinstein said “If the person leading the oath includes the words, cadets who choose not to say them might feel vulnerable to criticism,” he said. Weinstein added, “What does it mean, ‘optional’? The best thing is to eliminate it (so help me God).” (emphasis ours and parenthesis added).
There you have it, the true agenda of those seeking to secularize America. If a minority of people might be “offended” by religious expression, forbid any public expression, especially Christian expression, for everybody. If someone doesn’t want to say “…so help me God” and doesn’t want to pray while others around him/her are, then don’t allow anyone to say “…so help me God” or to pray so that the non-religious person isn’t criticized or made to feel left out.
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin knows that the God-deniers will not rest until all expressions of religious faith and/or beliefs in a higher power are expunged from our society as well as any historical references to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and culture. The goal of the atheists/secularists sounds reasonable at first. They will say to people, “You don’t want to force someone take an oath to a God they don’t believe in, do you? We just want to protect individual minorities rights, that’s all.” knowing that most Americans will agree with that, but then, when the atheists/secularists get most Americans and the power on their side, they switch to what was their main objective all along: remove all expressions of faith or teachings of faith completely from one institution and one group at a time. If swaying public opinion fails, the atheists/secularists always have the courts and any liberal-leaning judge they can find to fall back on to impose their way.
The CPoW says people have right to not believe in God and to not worship…but a vocal minority does not have the right to deny“…free exercise thereof” from those that do, either. If you’re going to live in America, you’re going to have to except that men and women of faith have rights, too…and we will not be silent.