An airman in the U.S. Air Force wants to re-enlist but the Air Force won't let him. It isn't because he isn't a good soldier. He didn't commit a crime. He hasn't done anything wrong, he just refuses to sign or say an oath containing the phrase "So help me God."
You see, he is an Atheist. And up until October 30th of last year that was fine, you could omit that phrase. But since that date, a change to Air Force Instruction 36-2606 demands that all enlistees swear the complete oath including the phrase "so help me God".
That same enlistee's oath also requires them to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;" and makes them promise to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same;".
Allow me to quote from that same Constitution the enlistees are swearing to protect, Article XI to be exact:
"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." [emphasis added]Now, if an Atheist refusing to sign an oath including the phrase "So help me God" isn't bearing true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, then I don't know what is.
And what religious zealot made the change in the first place? They do know that this is America and that freedom of religion includes freedom FROM religion, right? I guess not.
Only in the military...