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Congressman Would Mandate Religious Oath

U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) has introduced a proposal that would require all members of the U.S. armed forces, including  Air Force Academy cadets, to repeat the words “so help me God” as part of their oaths. If passed, the “Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act” would require Congress to approve any changes to military oaths.

The bill, H.R. 1425, was inspired by the Air Force Academy’s 2013 decision to allow cadets to skip the sectarian section of the oath.

Oath Oppression: It Makes No Sense To Coerce People To Swear To A God They Don’t Believe In

Way back in the 1630s, the leaders of Puritan Massachusetts got the bright idea that every adult in the colony should be required to swear a loyalty oath to the governor that ended with the phrase “So help me God.”

The iconoclastic Puritan preacher Roger Williams was not impressed.

“A magistrate ought not to tender an oath to an unregenerate man,” he observed. Doing so, Williams asserted, would cause the oath taker “to take the name of God in vain.”