Flaming Oaths of Affirmation, Batman

MEMO TO SMUG TALKBACK RADIO CALLERS WHO THINK THEY’VE GOT A “HYPOCRITE” GOTCHA ON GILLARD: No, she wasn’t sworn in as Prime Minister with her hand on a Bible (or any other Holy Book). That’s not compulsory, actually.

I’ve just posted a discussion-starter about our new non-religious PM on LP because the topic was starting to bleed through on other threads. So I thought a parallel dedicated thread here was also indicated.

Categories: culture wars, Politics, religion


5 replies

  1. We haven’t had to swear oaths on the bible for quite some time in Australia. When I was sworn in as a solicitor I chose not to swear on the bible despite considering myself a Christian (Quaker, to be more specific).
    I’ve never really been able to work out why anyone would swear on the Bible, since it says inside: “Above all, brothers, do not swear oaths by heaven, by earth, or by any other object. Instead, let your “Yes” mean yes and your “No” mean no.” James 5:12

  2. Very good point – there are quite a few Christian denominations who eschew swearing on the Bible for exactly that reason.

  3. Argh, pugs! Super pugs!
    I was thrilled that the new PM did not swear on the Bible. I wonder if maybe they might get rid of the Lord’s Prayer at the start of Parliament – or at least take turns with other religious openings, as a gesture to multiculturalism?

  4. I hope so. Having the Lord’s Prayer is awfully exclusionary.

  5. Would they prefer a hypocrite who pretends to be religious but actually loaths religion? We ask politicians to be honest- well, here’s one who is, at least on this score.

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