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Originally posted by MasterJedi
My point is that I don't believe that in a Congressional swearing in ceremony there is a book used at all.. Only asked to raise your right hand and swear the oath.
According to the Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt became the first and only president to take an oath without a Bible in 1901. In 1961, John F. Kennedy took his oath on a Catholic (Douay) version of the Bible. Several Jewish members of Congress have taken their oath on the Torah. Article VI of the Constitution specifies that "... no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
Would you much rather have a public official take a solemn vow of office on a book that is sacred to him, or to take the vow on a book that means nothing to him?
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
I think he should have the decency to swear on the book that most Americans hold sacred.