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Poll Results: Oath of Office Verbiage

pollresults2This poll ran for just nine days, so it had a significantly smaller sample from which to draw results than my last poll regarding winter celebrations of choice. I would run this poll longer, however, I feel that after today, the issue would not be nearly as timely. I would like to open the comment section of this post up for any debate on the the issue.

Here are the results from the poll:

  • It is a state ceremony and should be free of religious references. – 24 votes
  • It is the personal decision of the President-Elect, whose wishes should be respected. – 9 votes
  • I could care less. – 4 votes
  • This is the first I’m hearing about this. – 0 votes

I’m certainly glad there were no votes for the final option, as it had even come to the attention of national mainstream media outlets.

I thank you for taking the time to vote, and I hope that you will expand upon your votes through discussion in the comments.

P.S. If you didn’t get a chance to read the Christopher Hitchens piece on Rick Warren that appeared on, I highly recommend it.

New Poll: Presidential Oath of Office Verbiage

seal-presidential-colorThere has been a lot of talk lately about the specific wording used in the Presidential Oath of Office that President-Elect Obama will recite on January 20th. A lawsuit was filed in an effort to prevent any mention of God in the traditional “so help me God” line of many swearings in. President-Elect Obama has filed an affidavit stating his preference to include the aforementioned phrase in his swearing in.

What are your thoughts? Vote in the poll in the left sidebar and comment with any additional thoughts on the subject.

Poll Results: Winter Celebration

pollresultsI ran this poll for just a little over a month, and after 111 responses, I decided that it was time to report on the results. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to cast their vote in this poll.

I asked, “What do you celebrate this time of year?” The results of the poll are as follows in descending order:

  • Christmas (secularly) – 68 votes
  • Nothing – 18 votes
  • Winter Solstice – 13 votes
  • Christmas (religiously) – 8 votes
  • Festivus – 3 votes
  • Hannukah – 1 vote
  • Kwanzaa – 0 votes

I can’t say this particularly surprised me. All of the atheists that I know personally celebrate Christmas for what it is, a secular holiday centered around family-togetherness and gift exchange. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that in my mind. When you start mixing in a fat man in a red suit and the birth of a magical being, then it starts to cross the boundary into insanity.

I was glad to see that celebrations of some kind were the majority, because with all of the religious tripe in everyday that cannot be utilized for the enjoyment of all, it is nice to have a holiday that has become so secularized as to allow involvement from all. Sure, every year the religious crazies try to claim Christmas as their own and reintroduce the term “War on Christmas” into the vernacular. However, see that for what it is: a failed attempt to apply religious meaning to a holiday that began without religious meaning.

So when I go to work today, I will continue to say “Merry Christmas” to everyone I see, and watch people squirm as they ponder whether or not it is politically correct or not.