I was walking home yesterday and started thinking – randomly, as I’m wont to do – about the necessity of the separation of Church and State. To me, as a Christian, it’s a no-brainer. Religious organizations should be separate from the functions of the state to have a pure voice, and to be that pure voice as one for and with the marginalized and oppressed. It’s impossible to do that when the Church/Synagogue/Mosque is defiled by political power – as we see happen time and time again. Which is not to say that the CSM shouldn’t be involved in political and social issues, but not so much in regulating it. No spiritual movement should aligning itself to a particular party. Nor should a religious body have symbolic power over the vestiges of political power, bestowing upon the charade of politics a sacramental veneer.
So, no, I think that swearing an elected official into office on a Bible is a travesty which ties the Christian God to supporting the aggressive and violent acts of men (and women). It’s nothing new, being the province of the West since Emperor Constantine saw a vision of a huge cross (a torture device, of course) declaring military victory for him and destruction for them.
So, I was wondering what should be used to swear on for an elected official? Surely the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights are more appropriate? But then what else? Robert’s Rules of Order? A law text book? Justice John Marshall’s corpse?
But then I started thinking about some pretty cool artifacts that one could swear on. Just as essentially meaningless as using the Bible is for a good many officials, but perhaps more revelatory. And I came up with this poster.
I would then like to see the newly sworn-in officer tear the roof off this mother.
*I’m a strong believer in Truth in Advertising. And deep, abiding depression must possibly be the ONLY reason someone would put themselves through the near-aneurysm of watching more than twelve minutes of this embarrassing tripe (let alone four times as I did. Also, Michael Bay needs a consistency editor). One look at this movie and a chronic saddy like me thinks, “Oh, there is so much more to life than this!” And we have a new mission in life: To make sure robot porn is never unleashed on the public again. Who is with me?