Thursday, 17 May 2012
By The Book
Much hilarity at the revelation, so to speak, that Michael Gove's copies of the King James Bible, now sent to every state school in England, feature a reference to Gove himself, or at least to his office, on their very spines. Is there a picture of him? If not, why not? There is, after all, a foreword by him. That's right. "The Bible, with a foreword by Michael Gove." I am not making this up.
Oh, well, at least it keeps him out of the way of foreign policy, I suppose. As a very hardline neoconservative, he looks to a certain concept of the country that until the 1950s, when the practice was quietly discontinued but never abolished, presented every new member of Congress with a copy of The Jefferson Bible, from which the eponymous author had excised all reference to Our Lord's miracles, Resurrection or Divinity. I am not aware that anyone ever declined it, or that there was even any sense that it was voluntary. Did any of them swear their Oaths of Office on it? Did any of them not?
If The Jefferson Bible, then why not The Book of Mormon? Or why not the King James Bible, but with a foreword by Michael Gove, and with a reference to that Prophet, Apostle, Seer and Revelator on the spine? To be presented to every new member of either House of Parliament, and on which they would swear their Oaths of Office. I ask again, is there a picture of him? And I ask again, if not, why not?