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OATH

FIRST - believers
THEN - non-believers

Should anyone be able to serve a US elected or appointed office without having to take their oath(s) on the Bible?

Some people suggest "swearing on our Constitution" is an option; I disagree & view any other book also inappropriate.
What is an oath?

Oath: a solemn usually formal calling upon God as witness.

The only formal calling of any value - which can not be exceeded or superseded - can only be to the highest witness in existence; by definition: GOD.

The point of taking an oath is to attest to God.
Merriam-Webster makes it politically correct (see link); but, it's NOT more meaningful.

merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oath

For all who believe in God an OATH is a serious and solemn event.

It is taken on the Bible because it TAKES FROM THE BIBLE all the intentions INHERENT TO THE BIBLE.
There is no other book in existence with greater intentions as to the MAGNITUDE and VERACITY of an OATH for several reasons:

1. The Bible is the book of God.

2. The OATH explicitly CALLS UPON GOD as witness.

3. An OATH BINDS a SOUL (Numbers 30-3 & 7 drbo.org)
"If any man make a vow to the Lord, or bind himself by an oath: he shall not make his word void but shall fulfill all that he promised."
[N 30:3]

"If she have a husband, and shall vow any thing, and the word once going out of her mouth shall bind her soul by an oath:"
[N 30:7]
What's it to SWEAR?

"To make a solemn promise; vow."

An OATH is to SWEAR to God.

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath. But let your speech be, yea, yea: no, no: that you fall not under judgment."
[James 5:12]
In the gospel according to St. Luke, after the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin and after the birth of St. John, Zachary his father spoke & prophesied: [71] "Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us: [72] To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember
his holy testament, [73] The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us, [74] That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear, [75] In holiness and justice before him, all our days." (Luke 1:71-75)
Did you notice verse 73.. GOD is expected to keep His own OATH; for all who believe in God, can there be any higher more solemn relationship that BINDS us to God & by God's grace (love and mercy) that BINDS God to us (separate from the Holy Eucharist Sacrament)?

IMO: NO
In drbo.org (English version of the Catholic Bible nearest translation of the first bible released to the world: Latin Vulgate) there are 65 biblical verses containing the word "oath", 40 with the word "vow", 52 with the word "promise" and 4382 instances of "God".
The US Constitution does NOT come close; and, candidly it was not designed to be a substitute to the Holy Bible though it has a very special and significant value of its own: the US Constitution - of, for & by the people - calls out our "inalienable" rights GRANTED BY GOD.
Politically correct variations defining the meaning of the word "inalienable" will find ways to exclude God using terminology like "inherent" or "natural" or any possible contortion as a way to define a right that was NOT conferred on us AND that can NOT be taken away.
For the religious, that is a God granted gift.

For the irreligious or non-religious, it's a claim.

Someone may say: oh-ya, what is the difference. My response: AUTHORITY.

Whether YOU believe in God or not, for believers He is the HIGHEST AUTHORITY and cannot be superseded.
For the believer, this God granted gift is EVERLASTING; it belongs to all of God's people and will outlive all our own lives.

For non-believers, it is a claim to be defended by whom? With what authority? For how long? And how can YOU be so sure? A claim is a CLAIM.
THEN - non-believers: irreligious, non religious, non-Christian religious:

Should anyone (a NON-Christian) be able to serve a US elected or appointed office without having to take their oath(s) on the Bible?
Someone said:

"Separation of church & state. YOUR religious book has no business in government. Not YOU nor anyone else can demand it be used. You don’t like it. Too bad. Those freedoms you love are afforded to everyone. Even those who don’t agree with you."
A misunderstood understanding of "Separation of Church and State" is NOT a valid argument.

US citizens & non-citizens are among those who DO NOT understand the meaning of Jefferson's "Separation of Church & State" a phrase which itself is not explicit in the US Constitution.
The first amendment to the US Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".

IMO the critical phrase is: "Congress shall make no law": neither to establish a national religion or to prohibit..
the free exercise (practice) of religion anywhere in the nation.

So effectively, "government" can NOT prevent someone from practicing "religion" anywhere (in or out of government). This includes using the bible.

Usually the simplest answer is correct (Occam's Razor).
As to: ".. Those freedoms you love are afforded to everyone. Even those who don’t agree with you."

According to the US Constitution, it is irrelevant who LOVES these freedoms, they are God granted to all. The rest of the US Constitution "provides ..
.. important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens." BUT, what about "service"? Is "service" of an elected or appointed office an inherent right? NO.. that is why it requires "election or appointment".

whitehouse.gov/about-the-whit…
The accepted process for service includes an OATH to God - hand on the bible; there is NO INHERENT RIGHT to abrogate that process.

Failure to acquiesce is to forfeit the office. No modification is acceptable to a Christian Nation of God Given Rights enumerated in a God Granted..
.. US Constitution with duly authorized laws and established practices. You may have heard the terms: "THIS IS GOD'S COUNTRY", "GLORY BE TO GOD", "THANK GOD", "GOD BLESS AMERICA", etc.

IMO anyone - who fails to acquiesce - forfeits their right to the office in question.

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