Jessica Fitzwater just became my favorite elected official in the country. She was just elected to the county council in Frederick County, Maryland and is refusing to be sworn in on the Bible because, she says, that isn’t the document she was elected to uphold and follow.
On Dec. 1, Jessica Fitzwater will raise her right hand and take the same oath of office as her fellow incoming council members.
But there will be one difference in her pledge before friends, family and elected officials: The book under her left hand will not be the Bible.
Fitzwater, who is Jewish, said she’s not interested in replacing the Bible with a Torah. Instead, she is thinking of taking the oath on the Frederick County charter or some other government document that will represent her commitment to public service.
“I think it’s more appropriate to swear my oath on something I will be upholding. I’m not upholding the teachings of the Bible. I’m upholding the charter or the Constitution,” said Fitzwater, who will represent Council District 4.
Bravo! Cue the Christian right freakout in 3…2…1…