Friday, May 02, 2008

Here's where Loyalty Day will get you

From the LA Times:

When Wendy Gonaver was offered a job teaching American studies at Cal State Fullerton this academic year, she was pleased to be headed back to the classroom to talk about one of her favorite themes: protecting constitutional freedoms.

But the day before class was scheduled to begin, her appointment as a lecturer abruptly ended over just the kind of issue that might have figured in her course. She lost the job because she did not sign a loyalty oath swearing to "defend" the U.S. and California constitutions "against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

You see, Wendy is a Quaker and a pacifist. Wendy was willing to sign the oath as long as should could append an addendum, stating that she could not take up arms. That wasn't satisfactory to Cal State Fullerton.

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