posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 11:08 PM
I took an oath very similar to this. Twice. Each time, however, it was my choice. While I applaud those willing to affirm their allegiance to our
nation, forcing them to do so and holding their diploma hostage unless they do is a little unnerving.
On one hand, I support a citizen's right to express dissent with the United States, and to refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, since allegiance
that is compelled is by definition not given freely, and therefore worthless. If, one day, I don't feel like saying the Pledge along with everyone
else, that's my right and my choice. Hasn't happened yet, but you never know.
On the other hand, I do expect a foreign national to take a similar oath as part of the citizenship and naturalization process. So, I'm a little torn
in regards to my feelings about this particular piece of legislation, even though it comes from a different state than mine.
I lean toward supporting a citizen's right to express themself, verbally or otherwise, as they see fit, without labeling them as threating or