Discussion Group - What questions should be on a citizenship test?

Here is the question as originally posed: Would it be reasonable for the United States to protect its sovereignty by denying citizenship to immigrants that hold beliefs that are directly antithetical to the values and ideals protected by our constitution?

For example: Would it be reasonable to deny citizenship to a member of a fundamentalist religion that sincerely believes that all governments should be run by the dictates of his/her religion, rather than the will of the people?

A corollary: would it be OK to withdraw citizenship from a native-born person who adopts anti-American views?

After the discussion some of us go to the El Arroyo on Wood Hollow to have something to eat and drink while the discussion continues and veers off into strange territory.

El Arroyo is across the parking lot in the strip mall behind the library, next to the HEB.

 

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  • Jerrie

    Great minds think alike! The idea of using drones at the border came up at the meeting last night.Today's paper mentioned that Rick Perry asked Obama to send Predator drones to the border. He didn't say what he wanted them to do exactly.

    1 · July 10

  • Clifton S.

    Doesn't look like I'm going to make it....

    July 9

  • Norman A.

    I will make a good faith effort to be there.

    July 9

  • Clifton S.

    Here is the question as originally posed by Mark Lowe: Would it be reasonable for the United States to protect its sovereignty by denying citizenship to immigrants that hold beliefs that are directly antithetical to the values and ideals protected by our constitution?

    For example: Would it be reasonable to deny citizenship to a member of a fundamentalist religion that sincerely believes that all governments should be run by the dictates of his/her religion, rather than the will of the people?

    June 12

    • Norman A.

      Anyone who fails a rational psychology test (detecting delusions of grandeur or socio-psychopathy) should be denied citizenship and those in position of power/managing great wealth should be required to take such an exam....IMHO

      July 6

  • Norman A.

    Who is interpreting the Constitution? Republicans, Tea Party, Democrats, Progressives, Fundamentalist Muslims, Jews, Christian; Buddhists? This is far too open topic. How about: Are corporations people? If so, what are the limitations on them as person? Do you see their boundaries in the way they conduct themselves on the global stage? Are they contributing a sustainable planet?

    July 3

    • Clifton S.

      The topic is pretty specifically laid out in the description.

      1 · July 4

  • Ken

    Good idea, Rachael!
    Let's invite a couple of corporations and ask them to give their "personal" opinion on the subject.
    And the "corporation/person" must speak in the first person singular!!

    1 · July 4

  • Rachel H.

    We could have another discussion night for "Are Corporations People?"

    1 · July 4

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