Whatever happened to the separation between church and state? Them GOP wanksters in Arizona are at it again!
According to Examiner.com reports:
Arizona Republicans have proposed a law, House Bill 2647, which will require high school students to recite an oath in order to graduate, Patheos.com reported on Jan. 25.
The oath, which includes the words, “so help me God,” does not sit well with atheists. The entire oath Arizona high school students must take before they are permitted to graduate is:
“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 mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; so help me God.”
The House Bill 2467 is the work of Arizona Representatives Bob Thorpe, Sonny Borrelli, Carl Seel, T.J. Shope, Jeff Dial, David Livingston, Chester Crandell and Steve Smith.
If House Bill 2467 becomes law, atheists would either not be allowed to graduate from high school, or atheists would need to lie in order to receive a high school diploma.
The Arizona bill could face legal challenges if it is approved. According to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal House Bill 2467 could face legal challenges, if approved.
“Jehovah’s witnesses, some Muslims and pacifist Quakers have in the past challenged loyalty oaths imposed by the federal government and other agencies, saying they conflict with their beliefs and religious professions. Similarly, some Arizona students could challenge the proposed high school oath as a violation of their religious liberties and freedom of expression.”
In addition to House Bill 2647, Rep. Steve Smith and Rep. T.J. Shope have introduced legislation demanding that students from first to twelfth grade recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “Under God” every day. With parental permission, students will be exempt from the Pledge of Allegiance bill. No such exemption exists with the “Loyalty Oath” for high school students.
Is there any way possible that this bill will pass??? If so, Arizona is the place for it.
What would you do if graduating from high school required you to make an oath you didn’t believe in?