Even a Right Wing Attorney Says the Air Force Shouldn’t Reject an Atheist Who Disagrees with “So Help Me God” in Oath

It’s not often I get to say this, but OneNewsNow.com and the American Family Association is right.

I feel dirty…

Anyway, in response to the Air Force service member who was rejected for re-enlistment because he refused to sign an oath with the words “So Help Me God,” the AFA’s general counsel Patrick Vaughn writes:

Refusing to allow an Air Force sergeant who is an atheist to reenlist on the grounds that he will not take a “so help me God” oath violates Article 6 of the Constitution and the First Amendment. The loyalty oath is required by a single sentence in Article 6 that also allows a non-religious affirmation as an acceptable alternative and stipulates that no religious test shall ever be required (1). Long ago, the Court of Military Appeals clarified that “In cases of affirmation the phrase ‘So help you God’ will be omitted” (2).