Take our poll: Should President Obama abandon the Bible and take the oath of office on anything he wants?

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In recent rant by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, he made a case for why President Obama should not swear his oath of office on the Bible in the upcoming inauguration ceremonies.

“As I’ve pointed out … no one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible. No one. … Still, the president, following one of our most absurdist traditions in the government that invented the separation of church and state, will put his hand on this book filled with things he does not believe – filled with things that no one in the United States of America believes – and with his hand on this book he will recite the oath of office. ”

While I personally don’t agree that “no one in the United States of America believes” in what is in the holy book, nor that swearing on it is an “absurd tradition,” I did find an interesting argument somewhere in the 9 minute video for why Obama should not use the revered book for his oath if he does not believe in what is in it. O’Donnell suggested the president should consider swearing the oath on his daughters, instead.

“Now, wouldn’t it be better if the president’s hand was on the shoulder of one of his daughters, suggesting that he was honoring the oath of office as much as he honors Sasha and Malia?”





10 thoughts on “Take our poll: Should President Obama abandon the Bible and take the oath of office on anything he wants?

  1. Jeff Smith says:

    He shouldn't be sworn in at all, but that's another conversation entirely…

    No, I don't think he should be sworn with the Bible, because he clearly doesn't adhere to any of the teachings. I find it interesting that O'Donnell suggests that he be sworn in on his daughters…my most sincere hope is that as those girls grow up and begin thinking on their own (if that will ever be possible), they become ashamed of their father for what he has done to this country.

  2. Rex says:

    He should not be sworn in, Communist Dictator Obama should be deported to where he was born. He is NOT the president of the United States ! Mitt Romney won the election by the fact of the Democrats in the states that did not have voted ID used peoples names that did not vote! Voter fraud.

  3. Jane Klassy says:

    Obama does not care about these petitions the are just a big joke to him but all the people are a joke. His way or no way. Prayer should of never been removed from schools. OBAMA IS NOT THE PRESIDENT THE PEOPLE WANTED. ROMNEY WON NOT OBAMA! hE JUST GETS AWAY WITH EVERYTHING IT NEEDS TO STOP SHOULD OF ALREADY GOTTEN RID OF THE JERK AND ALL HIS EVIL PEOPLE. nO HE HAS TO USE THE BIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO ANAGURATION FOR OBAMA he is distroying America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Bruce Dunn says:

    Larry O'Donnell is the "most ablolutist" idiot for spouting this drivel. The tradition of swearing the oath on the Bible should not be tossed aside because O "doesn't believe" in the Bible. He has continually espoused his Christianity in the face of many who questioned his beliefs. In addition, this is not about O; rather the oath of office taken by the President of the U.S., based upon our Judeah-Christian beliefs.

  5. mariaisahag says:

    koran will do

  6. bobby hogan says:

    he should be on trial for treason no reelected

  7. bobby hogan says:


  8. I think if all people are tought is to believe that there is more things in life then hate and not having respect for your

    fellow man. There are people in the media who just preach hate, they do not what how to say nice things about people.

    Why cant the media just give their opinion with out branding other people.Scools and parents are not teaching that there is more then a i padin life.

    Now that girls can get free birth control pill they can have more sex the next thing they will need is pills for some kind of

    you know what.

  9. Ted says:

    This is the United States of America. Not of Chriatianity, not Islam, not Buddhism, nor any other religion. The Bible is just a book of one religion. This constant denial of Obama as YOUR President, is rediculous and infantile. If you have the goods, show everyone, prefer charges, impreach him. Or, stick it. The "not president" stuff is pathetic. Hard to believe that its coming from adults. Some of the reactions of some of you out there to the relection of a black man to the presidency reminds me of a child losing his binky. Please. If you don't like the guy, get something serious out here to say, or shut up. Or whine, whine, whine. Its as silly as the GOP candidates for president. By the way, I suggest the GOP nominate Sarah Palin as the next presidential candidate in 2016. You loved her some much, put her up again. It would be fun. Please people. Get real.

  10. Taddle says:

    I personally would not want to be sworn in to office on a Christian Bible. I am Jewish and don't believe in the New Testiment. Although many right wing Christian Ideologs believe I am not eligible to hold office, the constitution says I am. All elected officials swear an oath to uphold the constitution, that is what elected officals should be sworn in on.

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