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Monday, January 21, 2013

President Didn’t Use Bible When Taking Take Oath of Office

Is this any surprise? Maybe you’re wondering ‘did he use a Koran?’ Well, it’s not like you may think. The President I’m referring to was John Quincy Adams. Adams was a Unitarian. (We’ve had more Unitarian presidents than those of any other faith) Adams was sworn in using a book of law, the idea being that he was swearing on the Constitution. There was also Theodore Roosevelt, who used no book at all in 1901. Roosevelt was a prolific author, and a world-class egotist, maybe he didn’t want to plug the competition. And there was Lyndon Johnson, who used a Catholic missal to take the oath on the plane in Dallas because there was no Bible at hand.

President Obama, like some other Presidents, was sworn in with two Bibles; one once owned by Abraham Lincoln, the other belonged to Martin Luther King Jr.

The Constitution does not require that the President swear an oath on the Bible. Article II requires that he take the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The word “God” nowhere appears in the Constitution, and the only reference to religion is in Article VI: “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

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