When taking oath, new citizens will no longer be required to pledge to defend U.S.

Continuing to "transform" America, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that new citizens taking the oath of allegiance will no longer have to pledge to "bear arms on behalf of the United States" or "perform noncombatant service" in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process.

And you thought it couldn't get any worse?

Washington Examiner:

Those lines are in the Oath of Allegiance that people recite as they become U.S. citizens. But USCIS said people "may" be able to exclude those phrases for reasons related to religion or if they have a conscientious objection.

USCIS said people with certain religious training or with a "deeply held moral or ethical code" may not have to say the phrases as they are naturalized.

The agency said people don't have to belong to a specific church or religion to use this exemption, and may attest to U.S. officials administering the oath that they have these beliefs.

USCIS said it would take "feedback" on this policy change through August 4, 2015.

Because nothing quite says "I love my new country" more than refusing to defend her when she's under attack.

I have no problem with those who refuse service for genuine religious reasons.  This is a choice that has been available to citizens since the Revolution.  But the oath of allegiance is not the place to express that creed.  I can't imagine what motivated USCIS to issue this rule, except that it betokens a desire to alter tradition and the sacredness of the oath – just for the sake of doing so.  There has been no great clamor among new citizens to make the policy change.  People are not refusing to take the oath because they can't fight due to their religious beliefs.

This is an entirely gratuitious alteration, part of the Obama administration's "transformation" of America.  It's not a big deal in the larger scheme of things.  But how many more of these attacks on tradition can we take? 

You will bleed out as a result of a thousand cuts just as surely as if a knife were plunged into your heart.

 

Continuing to "transform" America, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that new citizens taking the oath of allegiance will no longer have to pledge to "bear arms on behalf of the United States" or "perform noncombatant service" in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process.

And you thought it couldn't get any worse?

Washington Examiner:

Those lines are in the Oath of Allegiance that people recite as they become U.S. citizens. But USCIS said people "may" be able to exclude those phrases for reasons related to religion or if they have a conscientious objection.

USCIS said people with certain religious training or with a "deeply held moral or ethical code" may not have to say the phrases as they are naturalized.

The agency said people don't have to belong to a specific church or religion to use this exemption, and may attest to U.S. officials administering the oath that they have these beliefs.

USCIS said it would take "feedback" on this policy change through August 4, 2015.

Because nothing quite says "I love my new country" more than refusing to defend her when she's under attack.

I have no problem with those who refuse service for genuine religious reasons.  This is a choice that has been available to citizens since the Revolution.  But the oath of allegiance is not the place to express that creed.  I can't imagine what motivated USCIS to issue this rule, except that it betokens a desire to alter tradition and the sacredness of the oath – just for the sake of doing so.  There has been no great clamor among new citizens to make the policy change.  People are not refusing to take the oath because they can't fight due to their religious beliefs.

This is an entirely gratuitious alteration, part of the Obama administration's "transformation" of America.  It's not a big deal in the larger scheme of things.  But how many more of these attacks on tradition can we take? 

You will bleed out as a result of a thousand cuts just as surely as if a knife were plunged into your heart.