I Swear on a Stack of Bibles

Until I saw this photo, I thought that “I swear on a stack of Bibles” was just an expression…

The Bibles belonged to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and so it is understandable that president Barack Obama chose to use them when taking the presidential oath. But still…that just makes it two Bibles rather than one used for a rather ironic purpose, since both those copies of the Bible depict Jesus teaching his followers not to make oaths (Matthew 5:34ff!)!

 

  • Matt Lemieux

    To be fair, the Constitution does allow the prospective President to say “I affirm” as opposed to “I swear”.

    • PorlockJunior

      What it does not have, of course, is any “so help me God” stuff to make it even more blasphemous an oath.

      What a fine double blasphemy it is, against God and America, for a secular official of the United States, a nation which requires that no religious test shall *ever* be required for an office, to tell the swearee-in to repeat this anti-Christian phrase at the end of the mandated oath|affirmation of office. [emphasis is mine, but the wording with "ever" is in the original.]


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