I was reading about the Oath of Allegiance and was thinking it seemed to be comprehensive but it might be improved if it was modified to:
"I will faithfully observe and obey all of the laws of the United States of America and fulfill all of my duties as a citizen of the United States of America."
Oath of Allegiance (United States)
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The United States Oath of Allegiance (officially referred to as the "Oath of Allegiance," 8 C.F.R. Part 337 (2008)) is an oath that must be taken by all immigrants who wish to become United States citizens. The first officially recorded Oaths of Allegiance were made on May 30, 1778 at Valley Forge, during the Revolutionary War.
The current oath is as follows:
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.
In some cases, the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) allows the oath to be taken without the clauses regarding the bearing of arms and performance of noncombatant military service.
8 C.F.R. 337.1 provides that the phrase "so help me God" is optional and that the words ‘on oath’ can be substituted with ‘and solemnly affirm’. Also, if the prospective citizen can prove such commitments are in violation with his or her religion, the lines "that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law" are sometimes omitted.
I also undersrtand that Muslims may take the Oath of Allegiance as long as the individual is clear in their mind that they are doing so without contravening the sovereignty of Allah.
Before I submit my recommendation to the the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS )I wanted to survey the erudite minds of the cruisemates who populate this site for their suggestions - positive recommendations only please. This is a serious subject.Thank you in advance.