Why must the Bible be the only book of authority in America? Our citizens have forgotten their history. America is not a democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. The Declaration of Independence was our chief governing document and we mark the birth of our country from the day of its signing. The Constitution was added, “In order to form a more perfect Union.” In the Declaration of Independence, our founders clearly stated their beliefs. God gives rights to man and the government’s role is to protect those God given rights. Those rights are enumerated in the “laws of nature and nature’s God.” According to Book One, Section Two of Blackstone’s Commentaries on Law (which was THE AUTHORITY on English Law for several hundred years and where this phrase comes from) the “laws of nature and nature’s God” mean the laws of God for his creation as is revealed in the Holy Scriptures (the Bible).
In our representative government, officials aren’t necessarily elected to do their own will or the will of their constituents – they first swear to uphold the Constitution. It is for that reason that President George Washington first chose to take his oath of office with his hand resting on the Holy Bible – and that is still the custom to this day.
The French Statesman, Alexis de Tocqueville, came to America in the 1830’s, trying to learn why America’s government worked and France’s did not. One unique observation was this: “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.”
The following quotation clearly establishes the foundation of our country and the intent of the First Amendment. The United States Congress (March 27, 1854) received the report of Mr. Meacham of the House Committee on the Judiciary:
“Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect (denomination). Any attempt to level and discard all religion would have been viewed with universal indignation. The object was not to substitute Judaism or Mohammedanism (Islam), or infidelity (atheism), but to prevent rivalry among sects (denominations) to the exclusion of others…In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity: that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. “
Have hypocrites stood and placed their hands on the Bible taking their oath of office? Absolutely, but that is our fault. John Jay, the first US Supreme Court Chief Justice appointed by Washington said, “It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” We are to blame for whom we elect to send to Washington to represent us.
The teachings of the Koran and the Biblical foundation of America are at polar opposites. By allowing this man to swear on the Koran will further deteriorate our foundation as a Free Republic and take one step closer towards the stated goal of Islam – bringing the ENTIRE world under Sharia (Islamic) Law.