Arizona Legislators Propose A Law Requiring High School Students To Recite Constitutional Oath Befor

HB2467 would require students to recite the following in order to receive a diploma: “I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.”

There is so much wrong with this. Where should I begin? How about with “So help me God”? This would require people of faith for whom swearing oaths before god is anathema to either blaspheme or fail to graduate. It would require atheists and Buddhists and Hindus, among others, to either lie or not graduate.

Then there is the part about “I take this obligation freely.” Sure. There is no duress at all in being told to speak an oath or be denied access to College or a living wage.

On top of this, since when do American Citizens, or even legal residents have to swear allegiance to the country? Even the Pledge Of Allegiance is optional, by court decree.

The voters who elected these idiots should be ashamed of themselves for putting such ignorant fools in charge of improving our educational system. At best, this bill will die in session, after wasting hours of legislative time and untold amounts of money, or will be vetoed by our occasionally logical Governor. At worst, it will pass, be signed, and cost millions in legal fees before it goes the way of SB1070.

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Say what you like about drones, the Patriot Act, “indefinite detention”, or any of the other buzzwords of the Left blogosphere, but these are not the words of a cynical man, or of one who would take those actions lightly. They are the words of a man who believes deeply in what he says, takes his duty and principles very seriously, and agonizes over the things he must do in order to beat a path through the realities of a seriously fucked up present towards the hope of a better future. I am not a knee-jerk supporter of everything the President does and says, but I am also not privy to everything he knows and the forces buffeting him from every side. I do believe he has more intelligence, focus, and integrity than any president in my lifetime, and I am proud to have helped elect him.

This week in the Supreme Court

On March 26 and 27, the Court will hear oral argument in the same-sex marriage cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry (the challenge to California’s Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (the challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act). On the 28th, They will hear the anal arguments.