A change in the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) patch logo has upset Republican lawmakers after a reference to God was removed.
Oh, no! Their petty little bronze age deity is gonna be pissed!
According to The Hill, the motto on the patch originally said “Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money), which is an inside joke among RCO members. The new logo instead says “Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money).
A group of 36 lawmakers, led by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), wrote a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz demanding the unit changes the logo back, restoring the reference to God.
Forbes warned the move could set a “dangerous precedent” for religion in the military.
Religion in the military IS the dangerous precedent. Why should each and every member of this fine team be forced to wear a patch that promotes god. god can make his own damn patch.
“The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military,” he wrote in the congressional letter. “As we are confident that your legal advisors would not suggest that censorship is required for compliance with the First Amendment, we ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”
Only the feeble minded are perplexed.
The Daily Mail reports the logo was changed after the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers objected to the God reference.
Odd.. They gave links to the papers but not the awesome Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers – So I will! Keep up the good work Jason!
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.”
Why is this so hard to understand. We want equal opportunities. That is all. Keep you gOd and all your crazy idea. Just leave me out of it.
The letter adds that “courts consistently have upheld the constitutionality of our national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ despite the obvious mention of God.”