‘Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply because of her love for the Constitution…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Newly-elected Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was sworn in on Jan. 3, but she didn’t place her hand on the Bible.
As the only member of Congress who identifies as “religiously unaffiliated,” Sinema—who is also the first openly bisexual member of Congress—elected to place her hand on a law book that contained copies of the Arizona and U.S. Constitutions, AZCentral reported.
Sinema has not disclosed whether she is an atheist.
She was a Mormon but left the faith, The Washington Post reported.
It was widely reported during the 2018 campaign that in 2003 she joined a group of feminist witches called the “Pagan Cluster” during an anti-war protest.
“Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply because of her love for the Constitution,” Sinema spokesman John LaBombard said.
The website Friendly Atheist praised her decision to distance herself from Christianity.
“To be sure, Sinema isn’t an open atheist, and there were a lot of books other than the Bible this year for newly elected members of Congress,” the website wrote on Thursday. “But it’s still nice to see a government official show people that her allegiance is to our country and our laws, not a holy book or the Ten Commandments. Sinema did the same thing in 2013 when she was first sworn into Congress.”
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office for Sinema, concluding with the question, “so help you God?”
Sinema responded, “I do.”
Martha McSally, the Republican senator from Arizona, took the opposite approach at her swearing in ceremony, choosing to honor the Bible and the United States.
McSally—an Air Force veteran and the first woman to fly in combat—took the oath on a copy of the Bible that was recovered from the USS Arizona, a ship that sank in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, AZCentral reported.
“How special is that?” Pence said about the recovered Bible.
McSally’s office released details about the copy of the Bible she held at the ceremony.
“The Bible was loaned to Senator McSally for the occasion by the Special Collections department of the University of Arizona library. It was recovered from the body of an unidentified sailor after the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,” the statement said.