April 22, 2024

Judge Darrell White Comments on Oaths and God

Judge Darrell White, founder of Retired Judges of America, sent out a blast email on April 13, 2023:

THIS NEWS STORY TRIGGERED ANOTHER THOUGHT:

“NASA Director Swears Oath on Carl Sagan Book Instead of Bible”

IF THIS NEW NASA DIRECTOR HAD BEEN TAKING THE “JUDICIAL OATH” (28 USC 453) INSTEAD, SHE MIGHT STILL HAVE POSITIONED HER PALM UPON SAGAN’S BOOK, BUT HER CONCLUDING SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN “SO HELP ME GOD.”
IF YOU WONDER HOW THAT CAN BE IN LIGHT OF OUR CONSTITUTION’S ARTICLE VI DECLARING THAT “NO RELIGIOUS TEST SHALL EVER BE REQUIRED AS A QUALIFICATION FOR HOLDING OFFICE OR PUBLIC TRUST UNDER THE UNITED STATES”, HERE’S THE PROFOUND ANSWER:
AMERICA’S FOUNDING GENERATION – THOSE WHO FASHIONED BOTH THE CONSTITUTION AS WELL AS THE JUDICIARY ACT OF 1789 MANDATING THAT OATH CONCLUSION – REGARDED THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOD AS AMERICA’S PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT; NOT A “RELIGIOUS TEST.” SEE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:
THIS MIGHT JUST BE A TEACHABLE MOMENT!!!
Darrell White
—————HERE ARE SOME MORE INSIGHTS FROM JUDGE WHITE….in an email to Jerry Newcombe on April 17, 2023, specifically for the column on oaths————————————
America’s NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Director recently made news by taking her obligatory Oath of Office (5 USC 3331) on a popular philosophy book by Carl Sagan instead of the Bible. Such derogation from tradition offers occasion for a “…recurrence to fundamental principles” as America’s founders put it.

Comfortingly, she did raise her right hand “to the square,” symbolic of  “truthfulness, honesty, candor and frankness” as one writer has suggested:

https://stevenallenbooks.com/the-constitutional-oath-of-office/

And the Bible would have affirmed such serious sentiments:

●”And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he HELD UP HIS RIGHT HAND and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” -Daniel 12:7 KJV

●[5] “Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land RAISED HIS RIGHT HAND to heaven. [6] And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!'” -Revelation 10:5-6 NIV [Accord NASB]

Ironic is the fact that Goddard’s father, who inspired his curiosity as a young lad, was apparently named after one of the Bible’s important prophets, Nahum, who had warned of the impending judgment of apostate Nineveh.

Let us pray that this new Director’s conduct would please the God of creation who has so blessed America. I am reminded of the poignant recital from Genesis by early space explorers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkJEFs0XrrQ

—-end of message from Darrell White, email to Jerry Newcombe, 4/18/23——————
>Note: Here is Jerry Newcombe’s interview with Judge Darrell White on the subject of oaths.