Of Bibles and Presidents

It’s no secret that Obama will go down in history as a turning point in American politics and probably as a symbol for black people in America that they can beat the inherent issues in the system and indeed the inherent mentality that comes from being oppressed for so long.

But prior to the swearing in ceremony Bill O’Reilly had his own little tussle with the Freedom from Religion Foundation involving whether or not it is acceptable to swear in on a Bible.

I personally think that it shouldn’t matter what you swear in on, If Obama choses to swear on a Bible or a Koran it shouldn’t matter so much as the person he is and what he stands for. I honestly do not care about his personal faith unless his personal faith makes him do stupid things.

Palestinian Comedian Dean Obidallah has more to say about it too.


  1. left0ver1under says

    If a person is hired by an average company, does the person have to take an oath, make a promise not to steal from the company or promise not to commit crimes? An oath to accept legal consequences if the person does commit a crime on the job? No. In a civilized society and amongst civilized people, everyone knows there are consequences for wrongdoing. It goes without saying.

    I’ve never understood why oaths are considered necessary for certain jobs. A person should simply need to be informed of the consequences of illegal acts, be told of their limits, the rules and responsibilities. A liar will have no qualms about swearing an oath, and an honest person doesn’t need to be threatened into doing right.

    Given the history of criminal acts by people who swore oaths on religious books, I would trust them less than someone who didn’t swear an oath.

  2. anne mariehovgaard says

    I wonder why these Bible-thumpers don’t realise that swearing on the Bible or anything else is un-Biblical – a yes should be a yes, and a no should be a no, with no need for anything more (Matthew 5:36-37).

  3. machintelligence says

    Please note that he is swearing on a stack of bibles (assuming two counts as a stack) so the oath must be even more effective.

  4. says

    Swearing an oath is an old military tradition that dates back through centuries of European history. The president of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. I agree with what others have said: It is largely useless to do so. However, it is tradition, much like a Christmas tree is tradition at Christmas time. Or fireworks are a tradition during the 4th of July. And singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame is tradition during the “7th inning stretch” at baseball games. That’s all a swearing-in is; a military tradition. Nothing more, nothing less.

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