Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Newly elected St. Louis councilwoman takes oath of office with hand on Dr. Seuss book. What a nincompoop.
An Oath is a promise made to God. A promise made to a person can be broken with minimal consequences, but breaking a promise to God brings everlasting torment in the fires of Hell. That’s why taking an Oath on a Bible is a solemn occasion. You are literally pledging your eternal soul as collateral that you will keep your word.
If we no longer believe in Hell, or torment, or God, then the Oath means nothing because breaking it has no consequences. And if breaking a promise has no consequences, it’s not really a promise, it’s a statement of intention, an aspiration, a wish.
No-fault divorce turned the marriage vow into a marriage “for now.” Taking an oath on Dr. Seuss makes you an oaf. Do it right, or don’t do it at all.
That’s one reason I don’t have much patience for some of the “Teh Shareeah is Coming!” crowd yapping about Keith Ellison, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib taking their oaths of office on the Koran rather than the Bible. Taking an oath on a book that’s not, in fact, the center of one’s world view (provided one has a world view), then it’s about as morally illustratrive as…
…well, read Joe’s example.