This is what I have to say:
I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.
This is unsettling to me. Let me clarify first though, that I am not afraid to adhere to the laws of Canada or fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen. What I don't like is that I have to say, "I swear". Apparently they are aware of people like me and have provided the alternative "I affirm" to soothe my sensibilities in this area. Ok, problem #1 solved.
Problem #2. The most unsettling thing about this oath is that I have to affirm that I will "be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Queen and to her heirs and successors." I'm honestly a little scared to even share these sentiments to all of blogdom, and I hope I don't get arrested or anything... But really, how many Canadians would even be able to truthfully say that they "bear true allegiance to the Queen and her heirs and successors?" Why do I have to say that? I am willing to honor her in the authoritative postition that God has placed her in, but my poor little American heart just recoils at the idea of "bearing true allegiance" to a monarchy. Oh boy, I feel like I will be strung up for treason or something.
Pray for me please. I want to be able to truthfully state this oath and become a Canadian, I just obviously have some issues to work through and pray about.