A group of lawmakers are fighting the U.S. Air Force’s decision to remove a reference to God from one of their logos.
The logo of the Rapid Capabilities Office contained a Latin quote that translates, “Doing God’s work with other people’s money.”
After The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers complained, the phrase was rewritten to read, “Doing miracles with other people’s money.”
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., is leading a group of 35 bipartisan lawmakers in asking the Air Force to reverse its decision.
Forbes wrote a letter to to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. It was also signed by all of the lawmakers.
“I am concerned that the RCO capitulated to pressure from an outside group that consistently seeks to remove references to God and faith in our military,” Forbes wrote.
“The RCO’s action to modify the logo sets a dangerous precedent that all references to God, regardless of context, must be removed from the military,” he said.
“In reality, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit the mention of ‘God,'” he added. “Moreover, courts have consistently upheld the constitutionality of the national motto ‘In God We Trust.'”