Fairy tales often depict a struggle between good and evil.  Good forces are sometimes portrayed as kind woodsmen, princes or fairy godmothers, who rescue the good/innocent from evil forces such as evil stepmothers, ogres, hobgoblins and vicious wolves disguised as humans.  Good forces usually prevail in fairy tales, but unfortunately, the good-over-evil outcome is not guaranteed in real life. 

I used to visit a friend who always referred to Revelation (Apocalypse) in the Bible whenever we talked about people doing vicious things to each other.  His belief was that Revelation predicted “wickedness” and so it was to be expected.  My response was that one still needed to oppose wickedness/the lack of humanitarianism even if the Bible predicted it.  So…with that in mind, I give kudos to those members of the U.S.A. Congress, state and local government officials, organizations and individuals that oppose rhetoric and actions that are racist, xenophobic, sexist, ageist, misogynistic or discriminatory against members of certain religions or countries.

On January 20th, the incoming president and vice-president of the U.S.A. were sworn in with their hands on Bibles. Trump’s hand was on Abe Lincoln’s Bible and his childhood Bible, and Pence’s hand was on Ronald Reagan’s Bible. 

Dean Obeidallah (Special to CNN) wrote in an article in 2013 that: “Presidents should not swear in on a Bible. The Constitution does not require that the president take the oath of office by swearing on a Bible…the Founders wanted to ensure that Americans of any faith — or no faith — could hold federal office.  Placing a hand on a Bible while reciting the presidential oath is simply a tradition started by George Washington…Teddy Roosevelt and John Quincy Adams did not use a Bible at their swearing-in ceremonies.” 

There are citizens who feel that putting a hand on the U.S. Constitution would be more appropriate since presidents and vice-presidents are to swear that “to the best of [their] ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

People may be thrilled/impressed with Bibles belonging to famous people being used when swearing in the president and vice-president, but it has no merit if the people using the Bibles do not embrace the Bible’s teachings on love and humanitarianism. 

Abe Lincoln is credited with freeing the slaves, but having one’s hand on Lincoln’s Bible does not imbue one with fairy tale goodness, and one’s hand on one’s childhood Bible does not imbue one with fairy tale innocence.  I need not comment on what fairy tale force might or might not be imbued through one’s hand on Ronald Reagan’s Bible.