Letters to the editor – Tuesday (6-23-15)
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On swearing & smoking
From the June 2 Salisbury Post:
“Public prayer is a longstanding tradition of the United States, from the county level to the halls of our Senate. Our president is even sworn in with his hand on a Bible”
— Jim Greene
Rowan County Commissioner
Wow! What a statement.
Farmers Day is also a longstanding tradition held on the hottest day of the year. So does that make it right or just a tradition?
Wouldn’t it make sense to change some things to make life more comfortable for everyone instead of sticking to outdated traditions?
What about these presidents being “sworn” in with a hand on the Bible?
John Quincy Adams was sworn in on a copy of a book of laws, not the Bible.
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on a Catholic missal (a book with instructions for conducting mass).
Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t sworn in on anything — he just swore.
Franklin Pierce was affirmed, not sworn in.
Herbert Hoover was affirmed, not sworn in.
Now, there is quite a large group of concerned citizens in Rowan County wondering why a total tobacco ban is not in place at the parks.
Is it because —
A. You haven’t prayed about it yet?
B. There is nothing in the Bible about dipping snuff or smoking ciga-butts?
C. Well, it’s a tradition, you know!
— Whitey Harwood
Hillbilly Hikers Club, Rockwell