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.
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The only formal calling of any value - which can not be exceeded or superseded - can only be to the highest witness in existence; by definition: GOD.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.
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.
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 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:"
"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."
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Whether YOU believe in God or not, for believers He is the HIGHEST AUTHORITY and cannot be superseded.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 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.
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?
"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."
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.
IMO the critical phrase is: "Congress shall make no law": neither to establish a national religion or to prohibit..
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).
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 ..
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..
IMO anyone - who fails to acquiesce - forfeits their right to the office in question.