Shoved allegiance

For Father's Day, a verse I do not understand, I think by Wilfred Owen, used in the libretto of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem:

"The scribes on all the people shove
and bawl allegiance to the state,
"Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi...
"But they who love the greater love
Lay down their life; they do not hate."

Who are these state scribes who shove and bawl?

Shoved allegiance

The picture is from Benaroya Hall in Seattle, before a performance of the work last night.

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