Is it incorrect to say "Bible" when stating Bible passages?

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  1. dianetrotter profile image67
    dianetrotterposted 8 years ago

    Is it incorrect to say "Bible" when stating Bible passages?

    President Obama references "scripture" regarding Connecticut massacre. Was he afraid people would get offended if he said "Bible?"

  2. HattieMattieMae profile image59
    HattieMattieMaeposted 8 years ago

    Maybe he just wasn't paying attention. He might just say it that way all the time!

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 8 years ago

    I've heard people say "scripture", "the word", "the good book" and bible...etc I would not read anything into the president's speech. For all we know that is how he refers to the bible all the time. I highly doubt he was trying to be "politically correct" at a time like this. Having said that I don't think I've heard (any) president ever specifically mention the word (bible).

  4. safiq ali patel profile image74
    safiq ali patelposted 8 years ago

    The way this list of what you can and can not say expands around the world soon it will be offensive to say anything to anyone because it causes offence. Why on earth would the term bible offend. It's been a freely used word for many years. The word bible appears millions of times on the internet and is used thousands of times daily. Next it will be offensive to say Jesus. In fact in some strange quarters it already is.

    1. dianetrotter profile image67
      dianetrotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I noticed that the commentater said at the end of addresses like this, the president says, "God bless America ......."  He didn't say it this time.  I wonder if there was a reason the commentator mentioned it.

  5. organized living profile image57
    organized livingposted 8 years ago

    Bible originally means simply book, and even now we say The Bible although the word is rarely used in another context in English today. The Bible of course contains the old testament venerated by Judaism and Islam. In Islam Jews and Christians are protected from harm under Islamic law and referred to as the people of the book. This presumably means that people whose spiritual philosophy is founded on the Mosaic law share some protection under  that law . When the  commandment, Thou shalt not kill, has been so evilly breached, the President was at pains to be inclusive.  As we share the sorrow of this inexplicable tragedy our president summoned empathy and set aside sectarian dogma. We should emulate him. It is the right thing to do.

    1. dianetrotter profile image67
      dianetrotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Organized you know I was wondering too if he was trying to be inclusive.  I wondered if he knew something about the beliefs of the families.  After 911 there were complaints by atheists about the prayer vigil at the White House.

  6. profile image55
    graceinusposted 8 years ago

    I think in this case President Obama was trying his best to ease the pain for those who were suffering a great loss. It does not matter if he said scripture or bible, he did his best to make his point. For any Leader, it's always hard to find just the right words at a time like this no matter who you are.

    1. dianetrotter profile image67
      dianetrotterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      He was clearly shaken.  I'm sure he is always concerned about his own kids because of his job.

  7. Michael Adams1959 profile image77
    Michael Adams1959posted 8 years ago

    He used the word scripture to be on the fence. People need to get it through their minds and out of prejudice that our current sitting president does not believe in the Scriptures of the one true Holy God. He is muslim and sugar coats using the word scripture instead of Bible because he thinks he can appeal to "all" people by neutrality. He believes the way of the q'aran.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I live in the Chicago area. I can't believe people still think the president is a Muslim! During the 2008 election he was attacked for being a (20 year) member of Jeremiah Wright's church: Trinity United Church of Christ. That is NOT a Muslim mosque!

    2. Michael Adams1959 profile image77
      Michael Adams1959posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ask Jeremiah Wright about the relationship of the two of them. He himself has said it was one of complications and denies even wanting to say he attended his church. He has said the current president used him to advance himself in the political arena


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