Obama: New Citizens may decline to pledge allegiance!

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  1. righteousdude2

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    Once again, our POTUS shows why he should be (but won't be) impeached for crimes against the nation by making it no longer part of the swearing in ceremony for new citizens to swear to defend this nation in time of war.

    IMHO, this plays directly into the mindset of Muslims, who would object to fighting other Muslims in a war against a radical Islamic nation or group.

    Tell me ... just what is this country becoming? Do you think our founding fathers would have stood for such nonsense?
     
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    Actually it still is, despite what a bunch of right-wing blogs claim.

    The current oath has been in place since 1950 and there has always been a religious exemption for those who a pacifists and they must provide evidence that they belong to a religious group that advocates pacifism.

    Unless prospective citizens were a documented member of a pacifist group - not just a group that would disagree with going to war against only a certain possible enemy - they would be required to take the oath.

    A nation that is sent into a panic by people who believe anything written by a blogger on the internet without first checking it out for themselves?

    They would have supported religious liberty. They would have been opposed to an uninformed citizen spreading falsehoods.
     
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    This info came from the Washington Examiner, as well as FOX News, not a blog. I don't read blogs, but you must, or you'd never known about his spreading falsehoods, huh? And religion no longer has to be proved or even the reason. They can decline based on moral or personal ethical code.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/o...e-up-arms-and-defend-the-u.s./article/2568704

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiep...-united-states-from-citizenship-oath-n2028889

    I guess you need to check your sources brother!??? :smilewinkgrin: Have a good day! :flower:
     
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    Okay. You gave NO source for your accusation in the OP, so I had to rely on Google search. I did not find anything but right-wing blogs commenting on it. Moreover, a check of official U.S. government sites (which have not yet been updated) did not verify your unsupported claim.

    Actually, I don't, except to do fact-checking when one of my friends gets all riled up about something.

    Which is a better standard than the religious test option that was a holdover from the 1950s. Since Baptists believe in the separation of church and state, the government should not require someone to have religious faith in order to have personal convictions regarding morality.

    For those reading along, the updated policy can be found here. The Washington Examiner link previously provided does not work.

    This change is the real news here. It is a positive story, not a negative story... at least for Baptists.

    If you had actually provided a source, I could have skipped 10 minutes of searches and research.
     
  5. JonC

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    "It should be noted the Islamic terrorist Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, who killed four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga last week, was a naturalized citizen."

    I disagree with changing the oath, but it would not make a difference (and the article us using the incident in Chattanooga for its own agenda...I'm sure Abdulazeez, having already been naturalized, took the old pledge).
     
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    What?! A mass killer didn't keep his oath? Unbelievable.
     
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    Oaths are important even if some do not keep them.
     
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    I'm not saying they are not. However, we cannot expect an oath to bind a person who is willing to murder others.

    The oath does not provide safety, but rather, it provides expectations and inspiration for people of good character.
     
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    It sounds like you are.
     
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    The reason I brought it up was the article linked the pledge with the terrorist (it is implied, but there is no other reason to mention Chattanooga but to emotionalize the action). The article was flawed - it should have stayed on topic.

    I absolutely agree with you, Rev, that the pledge to defend the US in times of war (directly or in supportive positions) should remain as it should be implied as a responsibility of every citizen. I do not know why we view others as having some sort of a right to become citizens.
     
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    Refusal to say it means we should not let them be citizens.
     
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    Absolutely.


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    That is my bad. Sorry!

    Not an excuse, but I still didn't know how to copy and paste from the Nook I use. However, after your comments, I went to Nook and learned how it was done, and it was easier than I expected, so I will no longer just post, but I can now copy my source and paste it too!

    Again sorry, It was my bad! :BangHead:
     
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    I'm gone for two days yet the inaccurate posts continue.

    1. The new citizens do not "pledge allegiance to the flag". So they do not "decline to pledge allegiance" as the title of the OP states.

    2. They still have to say the Oath of Allegiance, but they may omit one clause regarding being willing to go to war or serving in the Armed Forces, citing religious reasons.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Up...citizens-swear-a-different-Oath-of-Allegiance

    http://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/Updates/20150721-OathModifications.pdf
     
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    You are surprised the inaccuracies didn't stop with your absence?


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    Nice catch. I should rephrase that...
     
  17. righteousdude2

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    They call that a Freudian-slip! It shows just how valued your opinion is in your own state of mind! :laugh:
     

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