The cultural tide is perhaps turning more than ever before in the US as a result of the midterms, with a more diverse set of representatives being signed in than ever before, not least of whom was Kyrsten Sinema, openly bisexual Democrat who ran quite an interesting race.
This is from DeadState:
The Democrat from Arizona became the first openly bisexual in the Senate and Arizona’s first female senator. She’s also the second openly LGBT senator, with Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwinbeing the first.
In a picture showing the ultra-Christian conservative Vice President Mike Pence swearing her in, the Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta noticed that she had her hand on a “lawbook” (according to Getty Images), and not the customary bible that so many elected politicians prefer.
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Sinema is not openly non-religious, but she does list herself as “unaffiliated” when it comes to any form of religion. The move will likely ignite speculation as to whether or not she’s an atheist.Pence ended the oath with the traditional words, “so help you God?” and Sinema responded, “I do.”
A spokesman for Sinema said she used a book from the Library of Congress containing the texts of the U.S. and Arizona constitutions. The spokesman didn’t comment on her religious views, AZCentral reports.
“I imagine Vice President Mike Pence, who administered the oath, died a little on the inside,” Mehta wrote.
Sinema also opted not to use a Bible in her swearing-in-ceremony for the 113th Congress back in 2013. That time, she placed her hand on a copy of the Constitution.
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