Man set to recant oath to the Queen right after Canadian citizenship ceremony
Mike McAteer (from left), Simone Topey and Dror Bar-Natan pose for a photo outside of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday April 8, 2014. The are permanent residents appeal the ruling upholding constitutionality of the oath to the Queen as a condition of citizenship. (Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia)
Dror Bar-Natan’s unusual journey to becoming a Canadian will come to an end Monday morning, when he plans on disavowing the mandatory Oath of Allegiance to the Queen immediately after his citizenship ceremony.
“I will disavow not the entire oath, only the message contained by the first 25 words of the oath,” he said in an interview Sunday.
In a letter sent to the citizenship court judge this month, Bar-Natan called the oath “repulsive” and details his intent to recant.
“In fact, I find the whole oath process to be some form of hazing,” he told the Toronto Sun.
The 49-year-old math professor from Israel was one of three long-time permanent residents who challenged the constitutionality of making citizenship conditional on promising to be “faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors.”
Ontario’s top court upheld the requirement but also found that citizens have the right to express anti-monarchist views. So new Canadians could “publicly disavow what they consider to be the message conveyed by the oath.”
That’s exactly what Bar-Natan intends on doing.
“I’m not going to disrupt the ceremony,” he said. “As much as I’m concerned, it’s going to be absolutely, totally, and completely civilized.”
What has surprised him the most is the hate mail — filled with swear words — generated by his decision.
But a few like-minded supporter of the disavowal have also written to him.
— With files from The Canadian Press