I finally had a chance to read through this entire link. I encourage everyone to do so -- it's pretty fascinating. But I'll be damned if I found anything in it that supports Sandi's bizarro assertions or position. Care to elaborate, Sandi? Maybe point out the relevant passage(s)?
Sandi wrote:Why else would the 10 Commandments be allowed in the Supreme Court? Why else would Congress sessions commence with a prayer? Why else would Presidents be sworn in with an oath on the bible?
I've already addressed the first question here. As for the second, it's a fucking travesty
that government sessions commence with prayers. And ending such nonsense is exactly the kind of fight I think groups like FFRF should be mounting, not this silly Bibles-in-hotels nonsense. As for the last point, at least two Presidents -- John Quincy Adams and LBJ -- weren't sworn in on Bibles. Were they therefore not really President? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_of ... _of_Bibles
I could further quibble that not all Bibles are the same -- but the fact is, the oath would seem to be merely a formality anyway, and one with no strict tradition that can be traced back through all the Presidents. If you keep scrolling down from the above link, you'll find a list of "Oath mishaps" where the language was botched (or the Bible was dropped!), some examples of Presidents retaking the oath for a variety of reasons, and then a long section on the use (or not) of the phrase, "So help me God" (which again, has no business in anything related to our government.) The notion that an oath of office is anything but an empty gesture seems pretty quaint to me in the 21st century anyway. If I was asked to swear on the Bible, I'd be perfectly willing to do so. What does that prove?