Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, Justice Roberts should never have re-administered the oath of office to Barack Obama.
Talmudically, if indeed (as we believe) the first oath was valid, that second act would be a violation of the Third Commandment of the biblical Ten Commandments:
"You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name."
It would surely be taking the name of the Lord in vain if you did so repetitiously and unnecessarily in an obsessive, excessive and almost superstitious private reprise of the oath of office.
But that is exactly what they did.
And they call Roberts a religious conservative. Go figure.
Obama takes presidential oath - again
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts has administered the presidential oath of office to Barack Obama for a second time just to be on the safe side.
The unusual step came after Roberts flubbed the oath a bit on Tuesday, causing Obama to repeat the wording differently than as prescribed in the Constitution.
White House counsel Greg Craig said Obama took the oath from Roberts again out of an "abundance of caution."
The chief justice and the president handled the matter privately in the Map Room on Wednesday night.