Air cadets rewrite their oath to remove God from pledge

theguardian: Jamie Doward and Ella Fraser-Thoms.

Humanist association wins campaign to recognise many recruits are non-believers.

One of the UK’s largest and most respected youth organisations will no longer compel its new members to take a religious oath.

In a move that delighted the British Humanist Association (BHA), the Air Cadet Organisation, which was formed in 1938 and played a key role in the second world war, is to offer future cadets the option of a non-religious oath. The decision follows a campaign by the BHA and the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association (UKAFHA), after they had argued that the organisation needed to recognise that many of its recruits were non-believers.

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