"but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
--Constitution of the United States, Article VI.
Keith Ellison, Democrat, MN announced earlier that he intends to take his oath of office on a Koran.
Since Mr. Ellison is a Muslim, one would tend to think that this would have been expected.
I should have known better.
As long as the candidate swears to uphold the Constitution, it really shouldn't matter what book he swears upon, or which deity he swears by. Not only that, but I'm of the belief that things betwixt a man and his deity are not anyone else's business.
I hear many people -- most of whom should know better -- claiming that since the United States was founded as a Judeo-Christian nation, candidates are supposed to swear their oath of office upon a Bible.
The state of education in this country brings me to tears. It really does.
I present to you the Constitution of the United States. It is the first word, it is the last word, and it is the only word on the powers, duties and requirements of the Federal Government of the United States. Period.
Show me where the Constitution requires the use of the Christian Bible during the taking of the oath of office.
There are plenty of things to be outraged about. This isn't one of them.