Could We Swear a President into Office Without the Bible?
Before he or she enters on the Execution of Office, he or she shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." But the question is whether or not U.S. Presidents should be sworn into office with their hand on the Bible. I remember President Barack Obama raised his right hand and placed his left on not one, but two Bibles: One owned by Abraham Lincoln and the other by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But why does the president swear on a Bible? What if he/she were agnostic or an atheist? What if the president wasn't a Christian, or was a Quaker? Would it be okay for a president of the Islam faith to place his hand on the Qur'an? Congressman Keith Ellison used the Qur'an instead of the Bible because he is a Muslim. Is it right to be sworn into office using any holy book of faith? The short answer is no, because no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
The Founding Fathers made it clear that the U.S. Constitution, "...shall be the supreme law of the land." It is the legacy they bestow upon us. It is the framework for our government. And as such, that's the document our president should place his hand on.