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Date: 2016-12-19 09:35 pm (UTC)
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My friend Jake Minton, who is an elementary school teacher and all-around smart guy, said today:

"Any organization that requires your loyalty oath is effectively admitting, upfront, that it may do something to challenge your loyalty. That it may in fact, now or some day in the future, no longer deserve your loyalty based on the balance of facts, critical thinking, and conscience. Any organization that requires your pledge, and especially those that threaten financial/political/physical retribution for breaking your *required* pledge, is attempting to numb you to facts, deactivate your critical thinking, and sublimate your conscience. Any organization that requires your loyalty oath has admitted to you that it does not deserve it."

I'd never thought of it in exactly those terms; I'm used to ethics codes (which I generally like) along the lines of swearing to discharge the duties of your office, swearing not to cheat, promising to do youre best, etc. But Jake's right; I'd be pretty troubled if anybody asked me for my loyalty no matter what.
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