Oaths - Oath of Office

“By the oath which they [the law] prescribe, we appeal to the Supreme Being so to deal with us hereafter as we observe the obligations of our oaths. The pagan world were and are without the mighty influence of this principle, which is proclaimed in the Christian system—their morals were destitute of its powerful sanction, while their oaths neither awakened the hopes nor the fears which a belief in Christianity inspires.”

— James Iredell, Sr. (1751-1799) One of the original Supreme Court Justices from North Carolina

Oath of the Continental Army

“So help me God”

     “I, _______________ do acknowledge the United States of America to be free, independent and sovereign states, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance or obedience, to George the third, king of Great Britain; and I renounce, refuse and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him: and I do swear (or affirm) that I will, to the utmost of my power, support, maintain and defend the said United States, against the said king George the third and his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents, and will serve the said United States in the office of _______________ which I now hold, with fidelity, according to the best of my skill and understanding. So help me God.”

Oath of the President of the United States

“So help me God”

     I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. “So help me God.”

Editors Note: The duties of the office of president, and oath of office, are spelled out under Article II of the Constitution. George Washington as the country’s first president, set the tradition for all future presidents to follow by adding the words “I swear-so help me God!” after the oath of office or today the words “So help me God.”

 

Oath of members of Congress and Supreme Court

“So help me God”

With their hand on the Bible swear to support and defend the Constitution …

     “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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 the                   duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

“I, ____________________________,  do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

Oath of the Military of the United States

 

“So help me God”

     “I, ____________________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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; and that I will obey the orders (constitutional & lawful) of the President of the United States and the orders (constitutional & lawful) of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Oath of Citizenship - United States of America

“So help me God”

     “… 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 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.”

Oath for American Citizens to Vote - United States of America - Proposed

Excerpt: In the United States of America, any citizen over the age of 18, and who meets their perspective state requirements, may vote in Federal elections. For natural-born citizens however, no oath “to protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against enemies foreign and domestic” is required. Natural-born citizens are not tested on their competency of American history, Constitution, Bill of Rights, government, literacy or required to be a “person of good moral character” as those applying for citizenship. An oath “to protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against enemies foreign and domestic” is required for those applying for citizenship, President, Congress, Judicial, Military, National Guard, and federal employees.

George Washington said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” Founding Father Dr Benjamin Rush stated that, “Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights.” … Truths once considered to be self-evident are no longer, and with loss of truth, and knowledge, comes loss of rights, liberty, and freedom, and eventually, loss of country.

Additional Oath for ALL Government Offices - United States of America - Proposed

With hand on the bible, “I acknowledge I have read, understand and will faithfully support the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. I entirely renounce and abjure all oaths and allegiances other than to God and the United States of America. I will faithfully read, and comprehend ALL legislation before I cast my vote or sign any bill or legislation. I do solemnly swear that I will not sign, pass or vote for any legislation that violates the Constitution of the United States of America, so help me God.

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