Air Force drops requirement to use ‘So help me God’ in oaths, re-enlistment papers

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WASHINGTON — The Air Force has decided to make the words “So help me God”optional when enlisted members and officers give oaths.

An advocacy group threatened to take legal action on behalf of a Nevada airman who is atheist. He crossed out the words on re-enlistment papers and ran into troubles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We take any instance in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our airmen’s rights are protected.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had said forcing an oath to God was unconstitutional and it said the policy change is a “resounding victory.”

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