It is only a few hours after Obama took the oath of office to become the President of the United States. And part of that was that he placed his hand on a Bible used by Lincoln, something which as been pointed out quite a bit in the news with the historic nature of the book has been talked about. Now perhaps it should be that no Bible at all should be used at all, but I was also thinking about it and wondering if instead of just saying drop the Bible something that might be attempted is to come up with something as a meaningful and symbolic replacement.
So I was thinking about creating a new book. Take the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, important treaties, influential speeches and so forth that speak to the nature and secular values of the US and transcribe them and bring them together in new book. I was thinking that this could be made a broad endeavor by having different people put down different documents. Raise money for materials and then appropriate paper (or other material) might be sent out to different people that want to help and then each person could use their creativity to ink the words on the paper. These could then be collected and bound into a nice leather book, which could be presented to the White House to be used in formal situations like the one today.
But perhaps this is silly, making too much of it, or creating such a book is a pointless exercise. Perhaps it just would not work to even get the book made. So I thought I would post this idea here and see what others might think of it. I guess part of this goes to a theme I have sometimes felt that the non-religious community sometimes comes across always wanting to stop things or take things away and here I see a possible opportunity to instead give something, something special.