When I came here, I put my hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. I didn't put my hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.
U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., voting against a House resolution supporting a judge displaying the Ten Commandments in court
"Jesse Jackson Jr.", USA Today, July 25-27, 1997
variations are credited to Bill Maher (Real Time with Bill Maher, 1 April 2005; quoted in "Jamie Raskin", Urban Legends Reference Pages) and American University professor Jamie Raskin (in a hearing on the gay marriage prohibition Constitutional amendment, 1 March 2006; "Emotions flare over same-sex marriage", Baltimore Sun, 2 March 2006, and ULRP)