Monday 5 December 2016

Dana and the issue of swearing

Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00

Dana Rosemary
Scallon swore an
oath in US requiring
her 'renounce all
allegiances' to
other states
Dana Rosemary Scallon swore an oath in US requiring her 'renounce all allegiances' to other states

•When Dana Rosemary Scallon became a citizen of the USA in 1999 she swore the following oath:

  • Go To

"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."

She cannot even claim to have exercised a "mental reservation" in swearing her oath of allegiance to the US, as this is specifically ruled out in the wording of the oath.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice