Saturday, February 25, 2017

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  1. Is anyone interested in a petition to require all elected officials to take their oath of office by placing their hand on a copy of the Constitution of the United States, rather than the political writings of the ancient Middle East/ medieval Mediterranean, i.e., bible?

    Also, what is the possibility of changing the name of Santa Fe college? Santa Fe is a Catholic name, it means "holy faith", and I think the athletes there refer to themselves as "saints". It's supposed to be a state, secular, school. Perhaps, North Central Florida State College would be more appropriate.

  2. I would love to sign a petition to have oaths taken on the constitution, though it sounds a bit optimistic. That being said, bring it on! Ginger Andrews

  3. "The Constitution does not require that the president take the oath of office by swearing on a Bible. That would have been a very simple requirement for the constitutional drafters to include. To the contrary, the Founders wanted to ensure that Americans of any faith -- or no faith -- could hold federal office.
    They set it forth plainly in Article VI: "... No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
    Placing a hand on a Bible while reciting the presidential oath is simply a tradition started by George Washington. Indeed, two presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and John Quincy Adams, did not use a Bible at their swearing-in ceremonies.
    Although Roosevelt's reasons are unclear, John Quincy Adams' reasons could not be more plain.
    Adams, the son of President John Adams, was a religious man. But he chose to be sworn in with his hand on a book of U.S. laws. He wanted to demonstrate that he recognized a barrier between church and state and that his loyalty was to our nation's laws above all else."
    "The Founding Fathers made it clear that the U.S. Constitution, "...shall be the supreme law of the land." It is the living legacy they bestowed upon us. It is the framework for our government. And as such, that's the document our president should place his hand on.
    It should be clear to all that the president views the Constitution as our nation's genesis." ~ By Dean Obeidallah

  4. Taking a pledge or oath on the bible is a statement to uphold the laws of god and the bible before the laws of the land. Religious legislators govern according to religious belief and as evidenced in the legislative outcomes; for example women's rights and the legislative branches of our family court system, marriage and inheritance laws etc. While the bible is used in any government business, the separation of church and state is an ongoing myth.