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MCGEEHAN CALLS AIR FORCE ACADEMY GOD ISSUE “INSTITUTIONAL ATHEISM”
McGeehan, a 2003 Air Force Academy graduate, called the issue emotionally disturbing.
“The oath of office is a solemn promise. As an Air Force Academy graduate, it is appalling that the academy’s leadership will not stand their ground against political forces bent on removing this sacred part of our pledge, he said.
Currently, those attending the academy, pledge: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God,” according to a story in The Washington Times.
The report adds Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has been critical of the military for publicly mentioning the word “God” and has called for action on the issue.
“I take my oath of office seriously; it does not have an expiration date. As such, neither should he phrase “So help me God”. Separation of Church and State does not mean institutional atheism” McGeehan said.
McGeehan is an author and former delegate, representing Hancock and Brooke counties in the West Virginia legislature. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer which included a tour in the Middle East and Afghanistan.