(WatchDogReport.org) – Before a politician takes office in the United States, they take an oath where they promise to uphold the laws of the land (typically specifically stating the Constitution), and many prefer to have their left hand upon the Christian Bible while they do so. Before starting his second term in office, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of Florida chose to do just this, and he used a historically symbolic tome to do that with.
RON’S ROUND 2: DeSantis Sworn In for Second Term, Uses Historic ‘Bible of the Revolution’ https://t.co/cI48AKD9uQ
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 3, 2023
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck loaned the governor his copy of the Aitken Bible, which was an important binding to the founding fathers of this country. Also known as the “Bible of the Revolution,” it holds the distinction of being the first publication containing both the Old and New Testaments in English by an American printing house. Its importance comes from the fact that before this Bible was put out in 1782, any English translations had to be imported from England and carried the symbol of the crown.
During his inaugural address, DeSantis described a state proudly standing against the woke mob that has been rising up in so many other places around the country, saying, “when the world lost its mind… Florida was a refuge of sanity.” He also took inspiration from Psalm 3:6 (New International Version), quoting the words, “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.”
Governor DeSantis' Second Inaugural Address https://t.co/l4zEBwlCvg
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 3, 2023
While many politicians choose to use the Bible as a witness to their determination to stay true to the oath they are taking, there is no requirement to do so. Some have used texts that are considered holy to other faiths, while others have used a secular book or nothing at all. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) used copies of the Quran in 2019, President John Quincy Adams used a legal text, and President Theodore Roosevelt did not rest his left hand on anything.
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