By California law, I cannot get paid unless I sign this oath, and falsely signing it is a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison. SB 115 (2009) sought to create a religious exemption to this law after some Quakers were fired for refusing to sign it. Then Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it, calling it redundant, but nonetheless the bottom of the document I was asked to sign claims a religious exemption is allowed.
I understand this is just a silly formality left over from McCarthyism, but I take my oaths pretty seriously. I definitely have reservations to swearing this oath, largely motivated by my “religious” beliefs:
The California Constitution, in its preamble, already violates the principle of separation of church and state: “…grateful to Almighty God…”. I strongly object to this phrasing and would absolutely refuse to support or defend it.
The US Constitution is currently under threat of revision by an orchestrated corruption between the religious right, corrupt capitalists, and possible Russians. In the very near future we may see it perverted against the public interest. I object on the grounds that my loyalty as a public servant should be to the American people, not a political document held hostage by an antiquated and flawed electoral system and at the mercy of undemocratic top-down revisionism, either through a rigged Supreme Court or a coalition of state Republican parties; Roe v Wade is the one currently making the rounds, but certainly other parts are similarly at risk (citizenship, etc.). The Constitution may be the supreme law, but law itself should be subservient to the people and often is not.
These are sincerely held beliefs in accordance with my “religious” philosophy – that individuals and governments alike should act in the common good, guided by reason and learning, not faith and superstition – but would the State of California recognize secular humanism as a “religion”? Are there any other exemptions I can lawfully utilize to avoid signing this oath?