Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who refuses to call herself an atheist but says she wants a purely secular government and listed her religious preference as “none” on House paperwork, did what every elected official should do: Swore her oath of office on the Constitution instead of the Bible.
This week, as members of the 113th Congress were sworn in, Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D – Ariz.) drew attention as she placed her hand over a copy of the United States Constitution, instead of the Holy Bible. The last time this change of pace occurred was in 2007 when Keith Ellison (D – Minn.) requested to be sworn in using the Quran.
Although the Bible is traditionally used in swearing in ceremonies, does it really make sense? Our nation was founded on Christian values, but we are a secular state.
That first sentence is a meaningless platitude. Which “Christian values” was this country founded on? Nowhere in the Bible is there any support for political or religious liberty, or for democracy for that matter. The Christian right in the days of the Constitution railed against its adoption, calling it a godless document that would bring down the wrath of God because it did not pay homage to him and forbid religious tests for office.