God May Not Be My Co-Pilot

It's long been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. Now the Air Force Academy has decided that there will be no mandatory God in the skies.

Following a 1984 cheating scandal, the academy fortified its honor oath by tacking So help me, God to the end. But after a recent complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the oath was changed again, on Oct. 25. Acknowledging the existence of a deity is now optional.

The academy, known as the most rigorously Christian of the nation's military schools, said dropping the phrase was a sign of "dignity and respect" for...

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