The US atheists campaign to drive any reference to God out of public life continues to gain ground during the Obama administration as evidenced by the US Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office dropping the ‘God’ from their agency motto, replacing it with the ‘miracles’.
The Christian Fighter pilot blog reports:
The one-man wonder that is the Military “Association” of Atheists and Freethinkers recently “needled” an Air Force agency into changing the motto that has graced their patch for some years.
The US Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office “expedites” acquisitions programs, many in “sensitive activities.” The RCO had a patch that, like many units’ patches, contained embedded in-jokes, clever double-speak, and probably even hinted at national secrets. The focus of atheist Jason Torpy’s complaint was the motto ‘Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus’ ‘Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money’.
Apparently, the phrase “Doing God’s Work” is not “welcoming to atheists and humanists,” despite its fairly frequent usage in greater American society to refer to a great deal of things that have nothing to do with theology.
Jason Torpy states that it only took ‘a few phone calls and emails were worth the effort to coax these AF officials to exercise restraint in government endorsement of religious activities.’
So a clever quote at the bottom of a patch was a government endorsement of religion. Right. And an officer who says God’s name in vain is endorsing a deity, too.
The new motto, which has “quietly” replaced the original motto states: ‘Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money”
The Christian Fighter pilot blog comments:
Not quite the same ring to it (and Torpy still takes issue with the reference to “miracles”). The sad part is the original phrase was an understood idiom. The new phrase is also in common usage – as a pejorative in the financial industry. Still, the Air Force unit will surely be happy to know former Army Captain Jason Torpy helped them out in changing their motto.
Actually, if they hold onto that other military “tradition,” they’ll probably display the “politically correct” patch where they are required to — and go right on using and wearing the one they actually like.
Wonder if Torpy will now unload on all the other US military patches that “endorse” a religion, though Michael Weinstein fell flat when he was tempted in that direction. If he does, he’ll have to make sure he goes after the resemblance to atheist ideology too.
If these are the battles Torpy feels he has to fight, life can’t be too bad for atheists in the US military. Still, its a bit of a shame to see the US military fold in the face of emails from a single former Army officer’s extremely hypersensitive complaint.
Protect the Pope comment: Under President Obama the atheists and secularists have gained the upper hand when it comes to the US military, despite only being a minuscule percentage of the US population. This obsession with religious mottoes stems back to Obama’s insistence that the Christian motto behind the dais at Notre Dame university be covered up when he gave his address. Their hatred of religion knows no bounds.