Mikey Weinstein onceÂ braggedÂ that he and the Air Force Academy superintendent had their “own bat-signal.”
According to the anti-Christian crusader Weinstein, the secret hotline would alert Academy officials to crack down on an open promotion or display of Christianity. Well, the bat phone must be disconnected, because the Air Force seems to be working overtime to persuade Congress that campus officials welcome and respect faith.
After Weinstein lost the battle to outlaw “so help me God” in the cadet oath last month, Rep. Jim Bridenstine highlighted another incident of anti-Christian intolerance.
For reasons that the Academy can’t (or won’t) explain, “so help me God” was removed from three oaths in the 2012 edition of their cadet handbooks. Led by Bridenstine, two dozen members of CongressÂ sent a letterÂ to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson demanding an explanation. “Editing the oath for Academy students,” the congressmen wrote, “is extreme and unnecessary, and does a disservice to the countless individuals who wish to include the phrase as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and country.”
After the bad press over last month’s oath incident, Air Force officials raced to reassure Congress that there was nothing behind the mistake except human error. An Academy spokesmanÂ toldÂ Fox News’s Todd Starnes, “It was an editorial oversight” — one that the team will hurry to correct before next year’s edition.
While the Academy’s quick response was a welcome one, Bridenstine and others are still left wondering how God could have inadvertently vanished — not once, but three times. Obviously, someone isn’t telling the truth, and it will be up to Congress to get to the bottom of who and why the order was given.