January 10, 2013

Will This Make It Twice As Binding?

President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible but on two – one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. – Huffington Post

Will this start a Bible race in which each succeeding presidential inauguration adds another Bible to the stack?

Perhaps the presidential oath would be made even more binding if they used several different translations. I’m not sure but I imaging that both the Bibles President Obama plans to use are King James versions. Maybe Presidents should swear on Bibles in original languages. If so, should they use eclectic editions or diplomatic editions of the text?

Posted by Duane Smith at January 10, 2013 9:53 PM | Read more on Religion |

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Authority by an assumed divinity. Tyrants never change their tired old stripes. I never understand why Christians don't consider it blasphemous that any leader has the right to swear on the Bible amid decades of poverty, social despair and death in their own country. Speech after speech addresses nothing and yet a hoard of blind nitwits are always there to hang on every meaningless word.

What man rivals God? What man is better than another? What man, then, has the right to govern the other? And finally, what sort of man can stomach controlling others save a depraved one who seeks power that is deserved by no one at all? I always expect Christians to seek consistency in their beliefs but it's perhaps a thin hope.

Corporatism is the new Christianity.

Posted by: Glen Gordon at January 16, 2013 7:19 PM

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