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Encyclopedia > Oath of allegiance

'An oath of allegiance' is an oath whereby a subject or citizen acknowledges his duty of allegiance and swears loyalty to his monarch or country. In many modern oaths of allegiance, allegiance is sworn to the Constitution. In particular, in the United States, presidents, judges, and military personnel are under an oath to the Constitution.. An oath (from Old Saxon eoth) is either a promise or a statement of fact calling upon something or someone that the oath maker considers sacred, usually a god, as a witness to the binding nature of the promise or the truth of the statement of fact. ... See subject (grammar) for the linguistic definition of subject. ... The word citizen may refer to: A person with a citizenship Citizen Watch Co. ... Allegiance is the duty which a subject or a citizen owes to the state or to the sovereign of the state to which he belongs. ... Look up monarch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A monarch (see sovereign) is a type of ruler or head of state. ...


In feudal times a person would also swear allegiance to his feudal superiors. To this day the oath sworn by freemen of the City of London contains an oath of obedience to the Lord Mayor of London. Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ... Coat of arms The City of London is a small area in Greater London. ... Michael Berry Savory. ...


Oaths of allegiance are commonly required of newly-naturalised citizens (see Oath of Citizenship), members of the armed forces, and those assuming public (particularly parliamentary and judicial) office. Clergy in the Church of England are required to take an Oath of Supremacy acknowledging the authority of the British monarch. An Oath of Citizenship is an oath taken by immigrants that officially naturalizes immigrants into citizens. ... The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ... The Oath of Supremacy, imposed by the Act of Supremacy 1559, provided for any person taking public or church office in England to swear allegiance to the monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. ... The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ...


A typical example of an oath of allegiance is that sworn by Members of Parliament in the Netherlands: Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text here:This article is about the legislative institution. ...

I swear (affirm) allegiance to the King, to the Statute for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and to the Constitution. I swear (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties my office lays upon me. So help me God almighty! (This I declare and affirm)[1]

In many Commonwealth realms all that is required is an oath to the monarch, and not the constitution or state. There have been moves in Canada and Australia to make the oath of allegiance sworn by new citizens refer to the country rather than the monarch. In Canada the oath now refers to both the country and Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, but in Australia references to the monarchy have been dropped. However, the oaths sworn by judges, Members of Parliament, etc., have not been changed. In New South Wales, there are plans for MPs and Ministers' oaths to be made to "Australia" rather than the Queen. There is also an oath of allegiance to the Dalai Lama in his spiritual capacity rather than temporal, or political capacity as Sovereign in exile of Tibet. The Commonwealth Realms, shown in pink A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the 16 sovereign states of the Commonwealth of Nations that recognise Queen Elizabeth II as their Queen and head of state. ... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. ... The 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935) The 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (1876-1933) In Tibetan Buddhism, the successive Dalai Lamas (Tibetan: ཏ་ཱལའི་བླ་མ་ taa-lavi bla-ma; Chinese: 达赖喇嘛 Dálài Lāmǎ) form a tulku lineage of Gelugpa leaders which trace back to 1391. ... For alternate uses of time, see Time (disambiguation) or see TIME (magazine). ... Look up Sovereign in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The adjective sovereign is used to refer to a state of sovereignty. ... This article is on historic Tibet. ...


See also

The Canadian Oath of Allegiance, in its present form, is: A person may choose to replace the word swear with declare and to omit the phrase So help me God. ... The Irish Oath of Allegiance was a controversial provision in the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, which Irish TDs (members of the Irish parliament) and Senators were required to take, in order to take their seats in Dáil Éireann (The Chamber of Deputies) and Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate). ... Members of both UK Houses of Parliament are required to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown on taking their seat in Parliament. ... An Oath of Citizenship is an oath taken by immigrants that officially naturalizes immigrants into citizens. ... Dorothea Lange photograph of Japanese-American students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance The Pledge of Allegiance is a promise or oath of allegiance to the United States, and to its national flag. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with President of the United States oath of office. ... The Oath of Refuge is a Buddhist practioners personal oath of loyalty to the Dalai Lama. ...

Reference

  1.   Translated from the 'Wet beëdiging ministers en leden Staten-Generaal' on [2].

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Oath of allegiance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (388 words)
Oaths of allegiance are commonly required of newly-naturalised citizens (see Oath of Citizenship), members of the armed forces, and those assuming public (particularly parliamentary and judicial) office.
I swear (affirm) allegiance to the King, to the Statute for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and to the Constitution.
There is also an oath of allegiance to the Dalai Lama in his spiritual capacity rather than temporal, or political capacity as Sovereign in exile of Tibet.
Lalor, Cyclopaedia of Political Science, V.3, Entry 2, OATH OF ALLEGIANCE: Library of Economics and Liberty (3324 words)
As late as 1868 the English oath of allegiance was reduced by the promissory oaths act to its present simple, not to say meagre, form, which stands thus: "I,—do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her majesty Queen Victoria, her heirs and successors, according to law.
But it is not simply an oath of allegiance in the modern sense: it includes an oath of fealty in respect of a specific tenure, namely, for the temporalities of the see holden of the crown.
This oath contains an explicit denial of the pope's authority to depose the king or discharge subjects of their allegiance, a promise to bear allegiance to the crown notwithstanding any papal sentence of excommunication or deprivation, and a disclaimer of all equivocation or mental evasion or reservation.
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