Led by Rep. Randy Forbes, the group wrote a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz urging them to restore the logo and its reference to God.
Forbes warned that RCO’s action could set a “dangerous precedent” when it comes to religion and the military.
“The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military,” Forbes wrote. “As we are confident that your legal advisers would not suggest that censorship is required for compliance with the First Amendment, we ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”
The Hill adds:
The patch logo was changed after a military atheist group, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, protested the reference to God on the patch. The patch has a saying on it in Latin, which is common for military patches, that translates to: “Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money.”
The saying was then changed last month to say: “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money.”
The RCO is an office created in 2003 that expedites weapons systems and reports to a board of directors that includes the Air Force secretary and chief of staff.
This isn’t the first time Forbes has gotten involved with God and the government.
You may recall that in November, Forbes introduced a bill to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the country’s motto. In response, however, President Obama suggested the legislation was a waste of time.
“I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work,” Obama said in November according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.