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Lawmaker swears oath of office on Constitution, not Bible

Methinks the theocrats will get upset about THIS:

Kyrsten Sinema was sworn into Congress Monday, but with a twist: She didn’t swear on a Bible. The newly elected representative for Arizona’s 9th district swore her oath of office on a copy of the Constitution instead. Sinema refuses to confirm she is an atheist, as many believe, saying merely that she is “not a member of a faith community” and that all Americans deserve both “freedom of religion and freedom from religion.” Keith Ellison of Minnesota also bucked the Bible trend in 2007 when he decided, as the first Muslim elected a member of the House, to swear on Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy of the Quran.

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  1. Neftali

    We also have 3 members of Congress who are Buddhist. I haven’t looked up the recent swearing in ceremonies of Hank Johnson (D-GA) , or Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), but I did see the video for newly elected Senator from Hawaii Mazie Hirono (D-HI), she didn’t really swear “on” anything. Which I guess makes sense for those of Buddhist faith. The more religious diversity, the better as far as I’m concerned.

    The best video this year for taking the oath of office has to be Joe Biden swearing in newly elected Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). His youngest son stole the show as seen in this video guaranteed to make you smile.

    http://youtu.be/NS9YGwU-TvE

  2. Neftali

    On a different note….I can’t help it if my chauvinistic pig part of myself comes through sometimes. I’ll just say that newly elected Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has a very good sense of fashion. Not that she really cares what us lowly men think anyway, but she does look very nice.

    http://youtu.be/KcynUdYxI4g

  3. As it should be.

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