Sunday 28th of February 2021

I hope he's read it... especially the bit about peace and turning the other cheek...

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... just after the clock strikes 12. Biden will take the oath with his hand on top of his 127-year-old, 5-inch-thick family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Jill Biden.

"Have you been working out?" "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert asked her in an interview last month.

Her husband told Colbert that the giant Bible has "been a family heirloom on the Biden side of the family, and every important date is in there."

"For example, every time I've been sworn in for anything, the date has been on that and is inscribed on the Bible," Biden said.

 

Read more:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/viewers-guide-biden-s-inauguration-day-everything-you-need-know-n1254340

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Let's hope god inspires Biden to behave like a man of peace and humility — leaving other people and nations to their own destinies... But the proselytising of others is inevitably demanded by the religious nuts through war — and the terroristic subversion of that awful "socialism" that prevents anyone from sinning from greed: the cads of equality. Everyone should sin so one can get redemption, should one not?

 

So far, the background noise of sabre rattling behind the new 46th US president is not good... 

 

 

Picture at top, Gus' Holy Bible (published 1981) is only 2.5 inches thick, next on to a couple of old books, one on the French Revolution — Livre vingt et unième et al, official government record, published 1800s — and another on the Roman/Greek "mythologies", 1700s... Above sits a Russian Revolution Digest or such... My collection of American history and literature is limited to the usual Pinter, plus a collection of inevitable comics, including facsimile of original Superman to which the new presidency might add a volume of laughters... 

 

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he called for americans to unite...

 

... he called for Americans to put aside their deep and dark divisions to come together to confront the coronavirus pandemic, economic troubles and the scourge of racism.


“We must end this uncivil war — red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Mr. Biden said in the 21-minute address that blended soaring themes with folksy touches. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes, as my mom would say, just for a moment.”

 

Mr. Biden used the word “unity” repeatedly, saying that he knew it “can sound to some like a foolish fantasy” but insisting that Americans had emerged from previous moments of polarization and can do so again.

 

“We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature,” he said. “For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”

 

Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/us/politics/biden-president.html

 

 

 

As long as this new American united soul does not go out to bash another country and removes itself from interfering in other nations, we're sweet...

 

 

Gus is a Rabid Atheist who thinks god was invented by men to give themselves absolution for their sociopathic savagery...

of course he did not mean unite...

Mr. Trump flew to Florida, where he plans to live at his Mar-a-Lago estate. But within days, the Senate will open the former president’s impeachment trial on the charge that he incited an insurrection by encouraging the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop the formal counting of the Electoral College votes ratifying his defeat.

 

By pursuing Trump, the new president's friends show "no mercy" contrary to the spirit of "unity"... But this is politics where words are cheap...

 

 

See also: 

"eat my shorts" — joe biden wrote the "patriot act"...

the pope and the catholic president...

In a message of “cordial good wishes” to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. after his installation as the 46th president of the United States, Pope Francis assured him of his prayers “that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.”

He told the president that he prayed that “under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding.”

“At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses,” the pope wrote, “I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice.”


Furthermore, the pope said, “I ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good.”


“I ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States,” Pope Francis wrote.

He concluded by invoking God’s blessing on the president, his family and “the beloved American people.”

The Vatican released the text of the telegram at 6.15 p.m. Rome time (noon Eastern time) on Jan. 20, immediately after the swearing-in of Mr. Biden as only the second Catholic president in U.S. history and of Kamala Harris, the first woman and first person of color to serve as vice president.

Pope Francis’ warm message contrasted with the public statement that had been prepared by Archbishop José Gomez in the name of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. While the bishops’ statement included much the pope would agree with, it nevertheless adopted a confrontational tone over the issue of abortion especially, as well as contraception, marriage and gender. The Vatican only learned of the U.S.C.C.B. message hours before it was due to be released, and a senior Vatican official told America that “it was reasonable to say” that it had intervened but did not confirm or deny the details first reported by The Pillar.

There was a negative reaction from Vatican officials contacted by America in Rome to the statement issued by Archbishop Gomez in the name of the U.S.C.C.B. “It is most unfortunate and is likely to create even greater divisions within the church in the United States,” a senior official who did not wish to be named because of the position he holds at the Vatican, told America.


Pope Francis’ warm message contrasted with the public statement that had been prepared by Archbishop José Gomez in the name of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Sources told America that it is unclear what consultation was conducted within the U.S. church before the statement was issued. Indeed, America has learned that the Vatican was taken by surprise at the statement. It seems that there is no precedent in recent memory of the conference issuing such a statement on Inauguration Day.

It is normal practice for the pope to send a congratulatory note to the new president on the date of his inauguration. Pope Francis also sent a message of good wishes to President Trump on the day of his inauguration.

 

Read more:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/01/20/pope-francis-message-joe-biden-prayer-239772


 

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