Republican lawmakers in AZ have raised eyebrows with a bill that would require high schoolers to recite this oath in order to graduate:
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 any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.
The The Friendly Atheist blog explains the problem with the oath, from an atheist's perspective: "If this bill were to become a law, atheists would either not be allowed to graduate...or they would be forced to lie so they could graduate."
The bill could face legal challenges, writes Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal. Students might contest the bill on the grounds that it violates freedom of religion. And minority religious groups, like Muslims and Quakers, have been known to challenge state-imposed loyalty oaths such as this in the courts.
Via Patheos.com and the Pheonix Business Journal. H/T Politix user DARSB.