Some bloggers seem to relish being killjoys. I do not. I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, especially his inaugural parade.
I googled like mad in the hopes that some better writer had already made the following points. Alas, my searches came to naught.
So I am duty-bound to make the following points myself.
At his inauguration, Barack Obama will lay his hand on the same Bible that President Abraham Lincoln used when he took the oath of office in 1861.
I leave to others the consideration of whether this is a presumptuous and grandiose gesture on Mr. Obama’s part. Or if it will be a beautiful moment when he lays a black hand on the Bible used by the Emancipator of the slaves. Neither of these is my topic.
I just want to point out the following irony involved in using the Lincoln Bible: Abraham Lincoln did not believe in the Bible.