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It's not required. Adams swore on a book of law. But he probably wouldn't get away with it today.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:57:23 AM EST
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Quite: the oath of office is not an oath that has to be taken on a bible, but if someone who was or pretended to be religious elected to take the oath and not use their highest scripture to swear on, people would wonder in what way they wanted to break it without going to hell.

And to be elected President, one has to be religious or pretend to be, though many politicians are, of course, the "Easter and Christmas Day" kind of Christians.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 02:43:47 PM EST
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What did Romney swear on?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 03:15:34 PM EST
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He hasn't actually been elected yet.

Oh, you mean in the gubernatorial swearing in? The same bible his dad used to be sworn in as Governor of Michigan. Mormons don't have to be sworn in on a Book of the Mormon, its taken as an addition to the canon and not a complete canon on its own.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 03:19:23 PM EST
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