Oath of citizenship change announced: Immigrants no longer have to bear arms on behalf of US

Let’s just hope they’re not swearing to attack us, too.

Immigrants wishing to enjoy the benefits of living in the greatest country on earth will no longer be required to fight for it if necessary – or even help out in a non-combat role under a plan by President Obama’s immigration officials.

According to the Washington Examiner, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that the American oath of citizenship will be changed to drop a provision that newcomers be willing to “bear arms” in defense of their adopted homeland “when required by law.” The change will also drop a pledge to “perform noncombat service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law.”

Here’s the oath as it’s currently administered, according to USCIS  (critical parts in bold).

“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.”

The change is meant to accommodate those with religious strictures against military service or a “deeply held moral or ethical code” against violence.

That sounds gracious and ethical, but it’s nearly incoherent. According to the Washington Examiner, newcomers will have to show no evidence they belong to an established church or religion that prohibits violence. They just have to tell an immigration officer so.

(Will immigration officers ask if the newcomers belong to any religions that actually require attacking the United States?)

What’s more curious is that American citizens already have the right to abstain from a draft as conscientious objectors, even though there’s no draft anymore, so why would the oath have to be changed?

But let’s face it, if it ever gets to the point where the American government is drafting again, rather than relying on a volunteer armed forces, we’ve got bigger problems than some cowardly, free-boating foreigners.

Let’s just hope they’re not swearing to attack us.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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