Predictable progressives strike once again. This time, Chief Judge Beryl Howell, appointed by President Obama to the District Court for the District of Columbia, left out a key part of the naturalization oath for new U.S. citizens.
If you’re not familiar with the oath, let me give you a hint – it’s the phrase, “so help me God.”
At least be creative with your absurdities that possibly break federal regulations.
Howell asked the new U.S. citizens to raise their right hand and “repeat the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ after me.”
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the oath goes: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”When presiding over the ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, Howell omitted “so help me God” at the end of the oath. She then congratulated the new U.S. citizens and said they may be seated.
Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides for a religious exemption,stating in part, “When a petitioner or applicant for naturalization, by reason of religious training and belief (or individual interpretation thereof), or for other reasons of good conscience, cannot take the oath prescribed in paragraph (a) of this section with the words ‘on oath’ and ‘so help me God’ included, the words ‘and solemnly affirm’ shall be substituted for the words ‘on oath,’ the words ‘so help me God’ shall be deleted, and the oath shall be taken in such modified form.”
Judge Howell did not mention the phrase “and solemnly affirmed” while administering the oath Wednesday. U.S. Code does not outline the specific rules for the official or judge presiding over a mass public naturalization ceremony when one or more new citizens requests a religious exemption.
The event was held to honor the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Because nothing celebrates the rule of law like teaching our new citizens that disregarding the law of the land is an okay thing to do.
But if neither of our major candidates to become our next President have no regard for our Constitution, why would we expect that our federal judges would respect the Constitution either?
Well, here’s a message to our new fellow Americans: Welcome to our nation. Even if our leaders don’t respect the Constitution, please read it and please defend it.
It appears we could use all the help we can get.