Maryland City Council Member Won’t Take Oath on Bible Because That’s Not What She Was Elected to Uphold November 21, 2014

Maryland City Council Member Won’t Take Oath on Bible Because That’s Not What She Was Elected to Uphold

Jessica Fitzwater (below) just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and I already have reason to like her. On December 1, when she takes the oath of office, she won’t be swearing in on a 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.

Note to politicians: That’s how you do it! Even if you’re religious, there’s no reason you can’t say the same thing.

(Can we please elect more politicians who think like that?)

It brings to mind the statement that’s been said a number of times before: We put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution; we did not place our hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

(Thanks to Michael for the link)


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