Friday, January 05, 2007

Swearing in American politics :: Christian Century

Read the whole thing if you've been curious if the Bible has always been used by Presidents, governors, and representatives.

Short answer: No, no, no.

Ellison and Jefferson's Koran are not exceptions.

By the way, the American Family Association demonstrates the desperate need for better civics education:
The American Family Association, for example, sent out an "action alert" to its 3.4 million members urging them to write their members of Congress to ask for a "law making the Bible the book used in the swearing-in ceremony of representatives and senators."

Swearing in officeholders on Islam's holy book "represents a change in our society, our culture, if we hold up the Qur'an as equivalent to the Holy Bible," said AFA president Tim Wildmon.

As Country Joe and the Fish would sing
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn

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