This should really be in politics, but it will just get recatted over here anyway, so saving the trouble
Should the oath of office for elected officials end with the line "so help me god"
(and for the record, it currently does - that was the last line of the oath taken by Boehner an hour ago)
Answer by pam19 at 10:56 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by Shelii at 3:06 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
I've wondered this, too. If, for some reason, I had to give testimony in court, for example, and was asked to swear on a bible or to say "so help me god", it would be meaningless to me. If I'm inclined to tell the truth, which I am, then having a book or a phrase to repeat won't make me more truthful. . . and if I'm inclined to lie, it wouldn't matter then, either. The assumption is that the person who is being sworn in believes in a god and a bible which would make the oath more binding, I suppose. I really don't see the sense in it, whether for believers in Christianity, or for those who aren't.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:35 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by KelleyP77 at 9:34 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 4:26 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Ah but we all know there would be A LOT of busy bodies that would have a hissy fit if they did not hear the "so help me God" Not saying it is almost political suicide. I don't think it should even be an option to say it because of separation of church and state.
Answer by pnwmom at 7:00 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 8:07 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by okmanders at 8:37 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by pookipoo at 3:04 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by gdiamante at 3:10 PM on Jan. 5, 2011