Martin Cothran, who never met a logical error he didn’t like, has a question about the inauguration:
If this isn’t a Christian nation, then why are presidents (including this one) sworn in using a Bible, rather than, say, the Koran or Bagavad-Gita?
For the same reason it wasn’t a White nation just because the first 43 presidents were all white, and neither is it a male nation just because all 44 so far have been men.
We’ll elect a woman one day, and some day a Jew will place his or her hand on a copy of Tanakh and take the oath. One day someone will take the oath of office with a copy of the Vedas, and one day someone will, when posed the question “so help you God?” after the oath, politely decline that extraconstitutional addition.
The fact that all the Presidents elected thus far have been Christian (in some sense) doesn’t make the nation Christian. To claim that it does is an exercise in faulty logic, and is unbecoming in someone who purports to teach logic.
The fact that America is not a Christian nation explains why my Jewish ancestors fled the officially Christian nations in which they were born. They wanted a place where official discrimination wouldn’t keep them down. They wanted a place where they didn’t have to fear pogroms, and where the army wouldn’t sweep through their towns periodically, kidnapping the males of a certain age off to be cannon fodder in wars between nations competing for the mantle of true heir to the Christian tradition. They wanted to know that their descendants had a chance to be in Congress, and even to grow up to be President. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it never will. If that sort of logic were valid, Barack Obama wouldn’t be the President of these United States of America.