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*Should* the Bible have any place in the Inauguration?

This nation was not founded on the Bible or the Ten Commandments.  In fact, freedom was the foundation of this nation, including freedom of (and from) religion.  Agree or disagree, but all evidence points to that.

What I'd like to discuss, though, are the points made in this segment of The Last Word, especially this:

“We will ensure that whoever delivers the benediction rejects the same parts of the Bible that President Obama rejects and most Democrats reject, even though every word of the Bible is the word of God,” O’Donnell said. “As I’ve pointed out … no one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible. No one. … Still, the president, following one of our most absurdest traditions in the government that invented the separation of church and state, will put his hand on this book filled with things he does not believe – filled with things that no one in the United States of America believes – and with his hand on this book he will recite the oath of office. ”

(Bold and italics are mine, not O'Donnell's)

The video is worth watching, too - especially when he talks about the parts of the Bible that command death to prostitutes, death to those who work on the Sabbath, etc.


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Asked by jsbenkert at 1:40 PM on Jan. 11, 2013 in Religious Debate

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Answers (24)
  • Does it, or should it? I'm sure you know how I feel about it.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 1:41 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • That's a good question & honestly it doesn't seem to.

    Answer by 3libras at 1:41 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • No
    The POTUS should be sworn in with a copy of the Constitution or Bill of Rights

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:43 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • BB19, that would make the most sense, wouldn't it?  He's not accepting what's in the Bible, or he'd reinstate slavery, stoning and discrimination.  It's the Constitution that he's swearing to uphold, not the stories in the Bible.


    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 1:49 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • yeah, doesn't make much sense does it?

    Do you think we will ever see it change though?

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 1:54 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • One could hope. It would be helpful if people would actually read the Bible and reflect on whether or not it applies to modern life. I mean, naturally, there are good bits of it - common sense bits - but it's not a book that can be taken literally or applied to our government (unless we are striving to have something like the Taliban running our country).


    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 1:57 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • thats a hard one. i think the tradition of "hand on the Bible" means a lot more to the majority of Americans than the separation of church & state. to me its a choice for the President to make, as he is the one making the oath. like if we had a Jewish President i wouldnt expect him/her to oath on the Bible but rather the Torah or Tanakh.

    Obama isnt the first President to not believe everything in the Bible...shoot some of the first Presidents didnt believe everything the Bible. but either way, Obama isnt dumb enough to make that kinda change...he's already "Muslim" and this wouldnt help. his hands are tied. it will be a long time before this is changed, and personally i like Butterfly's suggestions.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:57 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • Change? No. Christians would flip out! Remember the fuss over the dog being on the Xmas card?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:58 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • JJK, I think I need to change the title.  Thanks! 


    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • Yes, what BB said makes perfect sense, in fact the constitution should've been used all along, when you really think about it. But, she's also right in that Christians will freak out if anyone tries to change it & Fox News would have a field day! They already cling to "keep Christ in Christmas" it would be a completely illogical, over-emotional chaos of protest after protest.


    Answer by 3libras at 2:04 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

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