Oath of office: Confusion of a biblical sort

To the editor:

I was pleased Tuesday to hear all levels of our government up to and including our President solicit blessings from God on our country and its administration.

My question is, however: was this to the same God that we do not allow to be mentioned or even hinted to in our schools, on athletic fields or other public gatherings or whose Commandments can not be exhibited in our courts?

How ridiculous to require a banner only referring to “Our Father” to be torn down in a Cranston school while the oath of office of our President was sworn on two Bibles. Perhaps some of your readers could clarify my understanding.
John F. Brady
Portsmouth

2 Comments

  1. Malcom Lagauche said:

    Yes, this is quite confusing. We live in a nation that separates religion and government. The US Constitution and state constitutions have a “no preference” clause that states there will be no preference of one religion over another in the public arena. When we see a school, or courthouse, or any other public entity try to ignore this law, we’ve seen their actions correctly deemed illegal by our courts. Then, the president of the United States takes an oath on a Christian bible. In front of the world, he showed his religious preference and he’s a public servant. It will be refreshing to see the day come when a US president takes the oath of office with no bible or any other religiouos book. Then, it will show that he/she represents all Americans, not just Christians.

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