Arizona’s Graduation Requirement; Swear an Oath of Allegiance to the United States


This is the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;so help me God.”

This is the Graduation Requirement; Constitutional Oath.

Beginning in the 2013‑2014 school year, In addition to fulfilling the course of study and assessment requirements prescribed in this chapter, before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited the following oath:

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.

AZ HB2467

2013-01-23 House Referred to House FFR Committee
2013-01-23 House read second time
2013-01-22 House Assigned to House RULES Committee
2013-01-22 House Assigned to House ED Committee
2013-01-22 House Assigned to House FFR Committee
2013-01-22 House Introduced in House and read first time

Primary Sponsors of this Bill;

Rep Sonny Borrelli

Rep Carl Seel

Rep T.J. Shope

Rep Steve Smith

Rep Thorpe

Cosponsors;

Chester Crandell

Jeff Deel

David Livingston

All Republicans. The House consists of 36 Republicans and 23 Democrats. The Senate consists of 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats. Governor Jan Brewer is……guess what, a Republican.

I have a daughter who is a Junior this year, class of 2014. She attends a College Preparatory School, University High in Tolleson Arizona. It is a school for gifted kids that students must test into, but is receives state money, ergo it is a public school.

This is VERY personal. I will move my daughter to another state before she will be forced to take an oath with the words so help me God in it before she will be allowed to graduate.

 

My daughter will be 18 when she graduates, however a large percentage of students will be under the age of 18. They don’t even have any Constitutional rights. They can’t vote, they can’t defend the United States of America against any enemies.

My daughter has busted her Ass for the past 3 years and plans on doing the same for one more. She tested in the 97th percentile in the nation and is holding a 3.85 GPA taking advanced classes in a school for gifted kids that requires 3 more credits to graduate than all the other public schools in Arizona.

And they are going to tell her that if she doesn’t swear this oath of allegiance she won’t graduate?

Then there is this;

that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

Remember the bill begins with this;

 In addition to fulfilling the course of study and assessment requirements prescribed in this chapter, before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited the following oath:

that is not taking the oath freely and without mental reservation. She will be forced to swear an oath to a God she doesn’t believe in.  That is not who she is, that matters. And before any one labels either one of us unpatriotic don’t. She knows more about our government, our history, and our Constitution than most adults. She is the granddaughter of a decorated war veteran. Her mother, and both my sisters were  born at Kirtland Airforce Base. Her Aunt is a veteran. She believes in this country and she obeys its laws and defends it. She speaks out against the religious fanatics who stand on our flag and protest military funerals. When we are at the store or the post office when she shes someone in uniform, whether it is a military uniform, a police uniform or a firefighter uniform she takes the time to approach them and say thank you. She can tell you what almost every proposition means at state election time, she watches the presidential debates, the State of the Union Addresses and any most any other political speech that is made. She knows what the candidates policies are, she understands how Congress, the Senate and the House operate and what there jobs are. She has her own opinions on immigration, on abortion and on medical marijuana. She knows who Gloria Steinem, Billy Jean King, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger and Susan B. Anthony are and what they fought for. She knew what Seneca Falls was when President Obama referenced it in his inaugural speech that we watched together. She stopped and read the Magna Carta, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Constitution when we were at the National Archives in Washington DC. She shed a tear with me when we stood where Martin Luther King gave his I have a dream speech. She knows who the freedom riders were and who Frederick Douglas was. She shed tears of pride when we stood in front of my Uncle’s name on the Vietnam Wall. She shed tears of empathy when we went through the Holocaust Museum. She in not indifferent and speaks out against those who are. She has read a lot of the Bible and has come to her own conclusions. She knows a majority of the Quran, and she understands theosophy. She knows who Constantine was and how he merged the sword with the cross. She knows when politics and religion are being used by our government to manipulate and control.

This is one high school kid who will not fall for this violation of her rights, because she is an American and she knows what that means.

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3 responses to “Arizona’s Graduation Requirement; Swear an Oath of Allegiance to the United States

  1. Greg Starr

    Someone needs to revisit their History courses. Some people came here for their beliefs, others to find a better life, others were brought here in chains (white and black). The Founding Fathers varied broadly in their beliefs. Most fit the definition of Deist. Jefferson was a vocal opponent of the clergy, having seen the damage done in Europe. A Christian nation? Look up George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Rhode Island…and I wonder what the Founding Fathers who were Freemasons would think, being strong proponents of tolerance and freedom of conscience.

    This oath is just more smoke and mirrors – it’s easier to come up with pointless window dressing that actually tackle the true issues that face each of our States and the Nation as a whole. As a veteran, a former law enforcement officer, and a member of one of the founding families of this country (here since 1635 and going strong!), this requirement is nothing more than political posturing by people who are hardly in a position to take the moral or ethical high-ground.

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  2. J

    To be fair the ending doesn’t specify a particular god. Those saying the oath can be swearing to whatever god they do believe in whether it’s Jesus, allah, mother earth, Satan, physics (science), goddess, themselves. Don’t turn this into a Christian thing. That being said to be forced to say this oath to graduate high school is really pretty ridiculous.

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    • There are those that don’t believe in any God, and this country was founded by Christians for the sake of their Christianity. This government was founded by Christian men and yes they were referring to the Christian God. And no offense but it is a little more serious than ‘ridiculous’.

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