Is “So Help Me” Enough?

Cecil Bothwell is an ordinary man who has never accomplished anything dramatic in his life. He decided to run for the Asheville City Council and was elected. At his swearing in ceremony, he held up his right hand and swore to uphold the US and North Carolina constitutions, but never said the words, “so help me God.” He also made certain his other hand was not on a Bible. Wow! The unknown man is now a known man and his face and story will shortly appear on newscasts as well, most probably, of his being the center piece of stories by Rush and Glenn and Bill and other sundry spouters of moral correctness. Bothwell has already been accused of being “Satan’s help” and a man who is into “bashing religion.”

Actually, Bothwell is a Unitarian who waves Confederate flags and is proud of his Southern heritage. Cries already are being heard to disqualify him because the state constitution disqualifies anyone who “shall deny the being of an Almighty.”

As Mr. Bothwell so accurately notes, he really will not consult God on whether there is a new parking meter on Main Street or should Amber Avenue be repaved.

  • cecil bothwell


    A little correction is in order here.
    I DO NOT WAVE CONFEDERATE FLAGS. You have conflated me with the fellow who is threatening a law suit against the city to unseat me. That man, H.K. Edgerton, is former head of the local NAACP (drummed out for various reasons), more recently a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, says that slavery was a benign institution, argues for states rights, sings Dixie proudly, wears a Confederate uniform and stands on bridges with his Confederate flag – and is African-American.

    It would be fair to say that we agree on virtually nothing.