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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 Offense?

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who spent 22 years in the U.S. Army before being forced into retirement amid a scandal, claims anyone who wants to serve in the armed forces but won’t say the words “so help me God” as part of the enlistment oath isn’t a real American.

“I proudly and honorably took the oath of office as a commissioned officer several times and also as a Member of Congress,” West said on his website in September. “That’s what Americans do.”