Take a listen: God is all over inauguration
President Barack Obama's go-to Bible when he takes the oath is the same one used by former President Abraham Lincoln.
January 18th, 2013
02:31 PM ET

Take a listen: God is all over inauguration

(CNN) – With President Barack Obama's second inauguration just days away, CNN Radio explores the one figure who has been omnipresent at these ceremonies: God.

From the oaths of office and speeches to invocations and Bibles used, religion has been woven into this day since President George Washington made his first address to a fledgling nation.

Join CNN's Lisa Desjardins on a journey into God's place in U.S. inaugural history.

Listen to the full story on CNN Radio's Soundwaves blog

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: History • Obama • Politics • Prayer • United States

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  1. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !............maybe next time it won't be.

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before


    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.


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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young


    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.


    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute


    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.


    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN


    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”


    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \



    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...


    April 7th, 2012

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    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth


    Make sure to read comments

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    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.


    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are


    Holy Hallucinations 35


    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus


    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”


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    May 4, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  2. tc

    Of course atheist are dems and it burns them up that Obama actually professes a faith but what is more comical is that the atheist beleives he practices that faith.

    January 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Sabrina

      IIf the Democrats had omitted God from the Inauguration, that the same cadre of right wing malcontents would've complained loudly and bitterly, but yet they still complain now? Why do Republicans automatically assume they are the only ones with beliefs? that they "own" God or something? I'm neither republican nor democrat but definitely believe in God

      January 23, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Science

      The talking snkae lost

      EVOLUTION IN A TEST TUBE Jan. 30 2013

      News Release

      3-D structure of the evolved enzyme (an RNA ligase), using 10 overlaid snapshots. In the top region, the overlays show the range of bending and folding flexibility in the amino acid chain that forms the molecule. The two gray balls are zinc ions. (University of Minnesota)

      University of Minnesota researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

      Thanks Doc.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:04 am |
  3. Nietodarwin

    I wrote the President and asked him to no longer attend the National Prayer Breakfast. He shouldn't be doing that on OUR time (in his official capacity)

    The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus…will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”
    _ Thomas Jefferson

    January 21, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • lilyq

      Bless your heart, Jesus loves you. Open your heart and let Him in.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • FreeFromTheism

      open your heart to the invisible pink unicorn, please, that's the only way you'll be allowed to reach the top of the the eternal rainbow
      why would you take chances doing the contrary? i certainly don't understand...

      January 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • mason

      I totally agree...America is still work in progress...the Age of Reason is slow coming to the mentally slow

      January 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Logic

      So it's mentally advanced to deny the laws of science? Matter comes from the lack of matter? Reason from nothing? Order from chaos? A frog can evolve into a butterfly?

      January 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • tc

      You are one of those tards they just wrote an article about who constantly use quotes that are incorrectly attributed to Jefferson. Congrats scholar!

      January 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm |

      With the mind on the money and the money on the mind-Thomas Jefferson
      Seriously dude,give it a rest.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • burt

      why not, why should he not go if he himself prays

      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Sabrina

      Please read the book of Romans in the Scriptures for the perfect description of yourself and all who reject God. Pay particular attention to verses 21 to 32.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  4. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection/NT Con-

    Heaven is a spirit state as noted by both Pope John Paul II and Augustine– Jesus and Mary's bodies nor anyone else's bodys are in heaven i.e. there were no bodily resurrections, ascensions or assumptions and there never will be any.

    See added details on p. 2.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • Logic

      @Reality (posted this on page 2 as well)
      Thank you for the clarification. What JPII said did not state that physical bodies were not capable of existing in the state of being that is "Heaven". What he, and Aquinas, were saying is that our words and concepts as humans here on Earth are not adequate to describe Heaven. Heaven is a place where glorified bodies exist, but as they must share this "place" with angels (spirit-only) and God, this "place" must be befitting of them, and since God is not contained by time or space, it would only be reasonable for a place like Heaven to be outside those confines (containers) as well.

      Regardless, the Pope's Wednesday audiences do not qualify as "ex-cathedra" teaching, and Aquinas was never a Pope, so neither of these can be used as infallible doctrine set by the Magisterium of the Church.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • dreamer96


      Do you have dreams?...
      Do you dream in black and white or color?
      When you wake up in the morning do you remember your dreams?....
      When you are dreaming ..can you see, do you have a sense of touch, can you smell, is there an environment around you?

      I am told most men dream in black and white...not color....I dream in bright full colors...and I have 3 to 5 dreams every night...which I remember in the morning....I am in my 50's and that means I can remember many dreams....

      If the after life is one where we have no bodies....that is fine....I can fly in may dreams and I can give myself super powers in my dreams ...I learned to do that when I was a small child and had bad dreams..I learned to take control of the bad dream and give myself super powers and not be afraid anymore....

      SO the after life sound fine with me....and if I get bored....I sign up to come back and inhabit another body....The after life I think has amusement parks where you can get in line and come back and live again if you get bored in Heaven.....

      January 20, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Logic

      Dreamer, actually what Reality was trying to prove was that infallible Church teaching (and the Bible) are wrong because a Pope and a Saint (Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church) said that Heaven is a spirit place, and that it cannot include physical bodies. The Bible says that we will be resurrected in body and that we will live for eternity in Heaven with God. As Christians (at least as Catholics, and most Christian denominations) if you believe what the Bible says, we have to believe that. His premise was that if the Pope and a Saint said that, it would disprove the Bible and therefore disprove Christianity as a whole. But, as I noted above, his premise is both incorrect and faulty.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Reality

      Oops sorry for noting Augustine and not Aquinas.

      Regarding JPII's comments on angels:


      Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

      "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan and Logic?)

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".


      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating/dreaming:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:


      January 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Logic

      "Oops sorry for noting Augustine and not Aquinas."
      Not a problem, I obviously understood to whom you were referring.

      As for the rest of what you wrote, it does absolutely nothing to disprove Christianity.

      If you're going to use science and scientific reasoning as a tool, then use it properly. Present the theories with the facts and associated evidence to back them up, then let them stand on their merits. If they're true, nobody will be able to refute it.

      Just as a note, I came from your side of the argument. Eventually, I could no longer reasonably accept the explanation of the existence of the universe as science alone could explain it. Starting with a "big bang" that created matter out of none? Life came from none? Order came from randomness? And reason came from the lack of reason? All of those defy the laws of science.

      January 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • It is Called

      It is Called Principles not theories.

      Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122)

      Geology and climate have shaped the development of life tremendously. This has occurred in the form of processes such as the oxygenation of the atmosphere, mass extinctions, tectonic drift, and disasters such as floods and volcanic eruptions. Life, particularly bacteria, has also been able to impact the geological makeup of the planet through metabolic processes.

      00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction
      02:16 – Chapter 2. The Oxygenation of the Atmosphere
      09:08 – Chapter 3. Evidence of Climate Change
      17:36 – Chapter 4. Geological Impact on Life
      29:37 – Chapter 5. Mass Extinctions
      42:19 – Chapter 6. Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Floods
      46:38 – Chapter 7. Conclusion

      Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

      This course was recorded in Spring 2009

      January 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • John

      " Starting with a "big bang" that created matter out of none? Life came from none?"

      Your god came out of nothing and then this god created life from nothing. At least with since there are tested principles and peer reviewed studies of it. There is no proof of your god or peer reviewed studies on it.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • John

      science not since.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Logic

      Excellent, let's examine the principals of evolution. Why, in all of these centuries has nobody been able to provide proof of observed speciation?

      As for "my" God, He always existed. Nobody made Him. An all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God could not be anything else as it would defy logic.

      January 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why in all the centuries since Jesus lived has no one observed him doing anything?

      January 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • Logic

      They have. In fact, almost all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed.

      January 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Noahsark

      Science cannot refute the teachings of the Bible. Never could and never will. In fact there are many scientists today studying the consciousness after death following Raymond Moody M.D, and his findings in the 70s. Moody's book Life After Life is a fascinating study of many people who clinically died and were revived. Their recitations are remarkably consistent. He shows writings by Plato and in the Tibetan Book of Life that corroborate these recitations.

      January 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Science

      Deplited carbon is what happens when we die.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • apstar

      Sorry, but just because the pope says something doesn't make it credible. Infallible, yeah, right...

      January 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Logic

      I'm guessing you don't know what infallibility means. An infallible pronouncement—whether made by the pope alone or by an ecu.menical council—usually is made only when some doctrine has been called into question. Most doctrines have never been doubted by the large majority of Catholics. It does not mean the same thing as "impeccability". And the reason it's mentioned at all in this thread is that the original poster is trying to use official Church doctrine as a way to show that the Church's doctrine refutes its own teaching (which it does not).

      January 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Sabrina

      Why should I take seriously the words of someone who is a heretic? How dare you blaspheme and disrespect and insult those of us who are believers? I'm pretty sure the Pope doesn't say that the Virgin Mary isn't in Heaven both body and soul, especially when the Assumption on August 15 is Holy Day of Obligation and it is mandatory that Roman Catholics believe that specific dogma. I think you need to learn more about Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy which also shares a similar belief (except we believe Mary died first then was taken up body and soul).

      January 23, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Sabrina

      @Reality...also you need to re-read the Nicene Creed because one of the principal reasons why that creed was written in the first place was because of heresies like what you are purporting. It clearly states re: Christ "He ascended into heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living
      and dead. His kingdom shall have no end." Furthermore, at the end of the Nicene Creed, it says "I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come." NO TRUE CHRISTIAN would deny such a thing!

      January 23, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • Sabrina

      Here is the Nicene/Constantinopolitan creed in its entirety in case you've never read it: It is said in all Eastern Orthodox Churches and a variation of it may be heard in Roman Catholic, Anglican/Episcopal and some Protestant Churches. It has been the touchstone of Christians for several millenia now.

      I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of
      heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

      And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of
      God, begotten of the Father before all ages;

      Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten,
      not created, of one essence with the Father
      through Whom all things were made.

      Who for us men and for our salvation
      came down from heaven and was incarnate
      of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

      He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
      and suffered and was buried;

      And He rose on the third day,
      according to the Scriptures.

      He ascended into heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

      And He will come again with glory to judge the living
      and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

      And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life,
      Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the
      Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who
      spoke through the prophets.

      In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

      I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

      I look for the resurrection of the dead,
      and the life of the age to come.


      January 23, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • meifumado

      @ Sabrina

      Why should we take the word of someone who has been indoctrinated / brainwashed ?
      All you post is stuff that some men wrote a long time ago,None of what your book says is true and has no value at this point in the world.
      We do not need a book to tell us to be good to one another.

      Remember these words "Blasphemy is is a victimless crime"

      January 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Pravda

    Why doesn't Obama take his oath with a Koran? He hates the Bible and everything it represents, hates America and hates white people even though he is half white.

    January 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
    • dreamer96

      Why do the Bibles the Presidents use for swearing in all have a gun hidden inside?....they cut out the pages and hide a gun in there..just in case they need it during the swearing in.....Classic American....

      January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • Sabrina

      Both of you are misinformed and delusional.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • meifumado

      The POTUS should not swear on any silly "holy" book, He should swear on the consti.tution

      January 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Pravda

    Funny that Obama will take his oath on a Bible to protect the const. when he doesn't believe in either...

    January 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • anniet

      do you have unrefutable proof of what President Obama does and does not believe or hate? please give us references to back up your commentes.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  7. Your Momma

    @End religion

    Your an idiot, go throw up. Nobody cares!

    January 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I care. And it's "you're," not "your," you blockhead.

      January 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Logic

      Other than the blockhead comment, finally something we can agree on, TT. You'd think people could keep straight the difference between possessive and a contraction. It's not that complicated. You + Are = You're.

      January 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go suck yourself, Illogic.

      January 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
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