I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
You may have noticed that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said “So help me God” at the end (and Obama repeated after him). But that’s not part of the official of the oath, is it? [Read more...]
Should a President be sworn into office with a hand on the Bible?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says no, Bill O’Reilly says yes, and that means the War on (the weeks after) Christmas lives on!
FFRF’s Andrew Seidel played devil’s advocate last night on The O’Reilly Factor: [Read more...]
Randall Hayes is an atheist who recently got elected as an alderman in Atlanta, Louisiana. (Big cheers!)
Before he could take office, though, he had to recite the Oath written in the Louisiana Constitution and sign a document with the words written on it:
“I… do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution and laws of the United States and the constitution and laws of this state and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as… according to the best of my ability and understanding, so help me God.”
Well, Randall wasn’t about to say those last four words or sign the statement as is, but he also didn’t want to cause a scene the day of his inauguration: [Read more...]