I kid you not…
A group of Republican lawmakers want to require Arizona students to recite a loyalty oath to the U.S. and its Constitution before they can graduate high school. They are sponsoring House Bill 2467 in the Legislature. If passed, it would make the loyalty oath a prerequisite for graduation from any public high school in Arizona starting with the 2013-14 school year.
Students would be required to say:
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 or evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; so help me God.
Not, that the phrase “so help me God,” included in most public oaths, was never included by the Founders, because it amounts to a religious test. Here, Arizona Republicans want to force all students, before they graduate, to take what amounts to a loyalty oath and a religious test.
Way to go, ‘publicans.