It’s a minor Air Force office; the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). But it’s who requested the removal of the Latin word for “God” from its logo that makes this move ridiculous.
Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for “God” from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office.
Led by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, 36 lawmakers Monday (Feb. 6) sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz objecting to the removal of “God” from the logo of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).
The logo was recently removed, according to Forbes, after objections by the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.
Jason Torpy, president of the association, said the word “God” had no place in the logo because not all members of the military are religious. “We just hope (the Air Force) can provide more equal opportunities for atheists and humanists in the military.”
“The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military,” the congressional letter states. “We ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”
The “Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers?” What? All 5 of them? I had to double check this story to make sure it didn’t originate on The Onion.
If the atheists don’t like it, let them sue. Caving in to a tiny group of malcontents is nonsense. A tiny minority should not be allowed to dictate to the clear majority.
If you ask me, there is nothing “freethinking” about their request. In fact, it is closed minded, anti-religious bigotry.
“If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.”
The first amendment guarantees you and I EACH the right to worship as we choose. Puzzle me this: How does one “worship” non-god and still allow me to worship my God? Here’s my argument:
If there is no god, what on earth is the harm of allowing a few people to worship as they please? What harm does it cause you? On the other hand, if there IS a God, and I am prevented from worship, it may in fact, cause me harm – not talking about hell here … but the harm from “bullying!” Isn’t that exactly what this is? One group FORCING or IMPOSING its will on another group is bullying just as surely as if one individual imposes his will on another! My worship of God does not have anything to do with you, except I may wish to share the joy and purpose I find in my worship. I do not believe faith should be “forced” or imposed onto unwilling people either! My position is, however, that it makes more sense logically to permit the worship of God as most of us a familiar, than to refuse it. It is not simply a case of majority rules, but … that may be part of it.
MISC Associated thoughts: If there was no darkness, we could not know light. It is one of those paradoxical but true thoughts that the negative proves the positive. Order is not automatic or “natural,” chaos is natural, so the presence of order presumes One who brought Order out of chaos.