Her aversion to being branded an atheist aside, I’m kinda warming up to Kyrsten Sinema.
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.
That’s pretty badass. Good for her.
This commentary by the article’s author drives me up a tree.
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. It seems legitimate that elected officials be sworn in using the Constitution, as it is their ultimate model for governance. As a diverse country, Americans subscribe to a variety of beliefs, but the Constitution is something we all value.
This is a crock. Of the ten commandments, two (three if you count perjury as a prohibition against lying, but police are allowed to lie to you so I don’t count it) are enshrined in our laws. What’s more, those two (don’t steal, don’t murder) are not Christian values, as societies long before Christianity was ever a thing had that shit figured out.
And we all value the Constitution? Oh, I’m not so sure. The “we’re so patriotic and we love America and the Constitution so much and we fight terrorism” crowd doesn’t seem so keen on abiding by the Constitution when it doesn’t suit their religious interests.