From Rev. Mr. Kandra’s page:
Chaplains erect billboard supporting phrase “So help me God”—UPDATED
This press release was posted by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom:
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom has joined with other members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition to provide a message via billboard to Air Force Academy cadets regarding their freedom to use the phrase “So help me God.”
The billboard went up this week not far from one of the entrances to the academy.
“The message is clear, our Founding Fathers said ‘So help me God’ on taking their oath of office; Air Force cadets have that same freedom,” said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR Retired, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “Our billboard is a reminder that cadets can say the phrase, which is deeply rooted in American tradition.”
Last fall cadets received new handbooks that had removed the phrase “So help me God” from the cadet oath of office. After members of Congress intervened, the superintendent of the academy said that the omission was a printing error [Uh huh… printing error…. right…] and that cadets have the option to say the words.
“‘So help me God’ is a solemn reminder that cadets are pledging their fidelity both to their country and to someone higher than themselves,” said Crews. “The presidents Americans admire all solemnly uttered these words when they took their oaths of office. Our Air Force cadets should be encouraged to follow their example.”
There is an update stating that some presidents didn’t use the phrase “So help me God” in their oaths of office. I respond, saying: So what? The principle is crystal clear.
Once we detach our duties from objective truth and the root of objective truth, Truth Itself, God, then we also erode our rights. Without “So Help Me God” the one swearing is merely standing before The State. Our rights and duties are not rooted in what the State determines we can or should have or do. Ultimately, the grounding of anything that is good and right and beautiful is God. Without God, nothing is reliable and each individual is reduced to himself, alone, in competition with all other selves. The results of that are not good.