Jesus said "Swear No Oaths"Submitted by 4Choice on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 03:45
Regarding the fight over Loyalty Oaths used by Republican Party of Florida to banish Ron Paul Republicans...
Jesus Sermon on the Mount prohibits taking oaths.
33"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:33-37 Translation from New International Version)
The Christian Right is a pillar of the party, and they will know this is SERIOUS. They must not leave the party to liberals, but fight to remove the rule.
Here is an interesting libertarian treatise on the history of freedom bound to Jesus command not to swear oaths. http://1215.org/lawnotes/lawnotes/jurisdiction.htm
I would add to the discussion that a major reason the Medieval Church made it illegal to publish the bible in the vernacular (English) was an accommodation to the kings who did not want people reading the above words. It would have destroyed their feudal society.