Maybe using a Bible for a swearing in ceremony will happen less and less. John Brennen did not use one. His predecessor, David Petraeus, used the Bible. Petraeus then cheated on his wife.
The Bible is used in politics as a theatrical prop. When you see someone using it, my advice is beware.
Why did anyone ever believe the Bible had something to do with honesty, integrity or truthfulness? It is full of people stealing, killing, cheating and lying.
Lately, politicians have used the Koran, Bible other holy books as well as the Constitution. To be truthful, there is no point to any of these.
Taking the oath of office is an important ritual in democracy. It is like taking marriage vows. One stands before the public and states his intentions are honorable. If they turn out not to be, we have at least this little tidbit of ceremony to use against him/her.
Accepting a government post, ideally, is something which should require the highest level of idealism. The idealism, however, should be expressed toward the ends of the serving citizens, not to something mysterious and unseen like a god. The goal of service to community is a higher one than allegiance to a god.
I’ve been elected to public positions about 10 times and taken an oath each time. I don’t recall there ever being a Bible present.
I’m glad those who were responsible for the ceremonies did not feel the need for theatrical props.