Comments about ‘Obama, like many presidents before him, added 'So help me God' to end of presidential oath’

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Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 5:10 p.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

President Obama is Christian.

Told ya.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's not that they add the tagline. It's the howling that goes on when they don't.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

BHO says a lot of things he doesn't mean just to look and sound good. Haven't you noticed? This is one event I totally skipped today.

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Hutter,
Please tell us the howling of which you speak. Every President since Chester Arthur has added the tag line. Are you aware of some earlier howling - say, at James Monroe's swearing in?

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Ok. I guess Obama is 'not' christian...whenever it suits conservatives.

So, if Obama is 'not' christian when he 1) goes to Christian services 2) mentions God...

what makes Obama different from every other President?

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

So praying for our President-elect, as the LDS Church leaders advised after the election, is beginning to pay off?

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Pagan wrote:

"President Obama is Christian."

Yes, but I like him anyway.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

The irony is that the athiests don't seem to care about this obvious mix of church and state. Why is it that when religion is used by a liberal it is ok, but conservatives have to hide their religion or else be attacked by the anti-thiests?

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Redshirt1701 wrote:

"The irony is that the athiests don't seem to care about this obvious mix of church and state. Why is it that when religion is used by a liberal it is ok, but conservatives have to hide their religion or else be attacked by the anti-thiests?"

You are right. We should have had someone standing next to Obama to put their had over his mouth as soon as he tried to say the "G-word".

The good news is, it was not an official, formal part of the swearing-in ceremony to PROMPT the President to invoke a god.

But please show us where atheists have opposed any Conservative President voluntarily invoking god in their swearing-in ceremony.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "A Scientist" the 10 commandments that have been posted in court houses and parks are not part of the formal laws that are enforced, yet Athiests and anti-thiests have problems with those.

I didn't say that this applies only to the oath of office. This is a point of hypocrisy that the anti-thiests cry over anything conservatives do but have no problem with liberals. See "Atheist Group Attacks Catholics Like Ryan, Quiet on Liberal Nuns" at MediaTrackers.

Where is the consistancy?

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Redshirt1701,

The 10 commandments posted in courthouses and parks are "official" by virtue of the fact that they are exploiting public funds as well as creating a legal association between the State or Federal Government and a particular religion.

That is not the same thing as a President who personally believes in god saying an unsolicited personal phrase as part of his expression of his oath of office.

"This is a point of hypocrisy that the anti-thiests cry over anything conservatives do but have no problem with liberals."

Nonsense. I AM a conservative atheist. You are seeing things that are not there, and the fact you can't cite data to support your assertion says a lot.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Redshirt: Perhaps, before you make unfounded accusations about hypocrisy, you should actually spend the time to read the article on which you are commenting.

kargirl
Sacramento, CA

Maybe this is a good moment to remember that the reason the colonists settled here originally was, partly, in response to forced state religion. If you care, however, to cuddle up with your favorite search engine, you'll learn that some non-Christians believe in the Old Testament; although some may not believe, as Christians do, that Jesus is the Son of God, some believe He is a prophet, or, at least, a wise man, and revere His mother, Mary. There is, indeed, more connecting the three largest religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, than most people would think, including much relating to their roots in the Holy Land. Indeed, there is more connecting all of us, and I would say, that would include our atheist brothers and sisters, if we would simply take the time to look for it. We all stand for something, some common standards of behavior, of what is good and right in regards to how we should treat our brethren. Look for that, not the differences. Isn't that why our forefathers gave us a form of government that could grow with our ability to mature as a people?

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