Quote from article: “President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,’ said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau. ‘The President-elect is committed to holding an Inauguration that celebrates America’s unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.’ ”
From Jesus, Obama’s Lord,
“Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
I like that Obama wants to style his presidency after Lincoln, because Lincoln was a mostly virtuous man. In light of that, I guess the idea of swearing on Lincoln’s Bible gives him chills up and down his spine. I don’t like that Obama (and our entire court system and government) thinks it’s ok to swear; on the Bible, the book that holds the above words of Jesus, no less!