Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was sworn in this week as Arizona Senator, but her ceremony was less than traditional when she refused to use the Bible.
Instead, she opted to use a law book, which includes the United States’ Constitution as well as the Arizona Constitution.
Fox 10 Phoenix reports:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took her ceremonial oath of office on an Arizona law book.
In photos taken by Getty Images, Sinema was seen, during a mock swearing-in ceremony presided by Vice President Mike Pence, being sworn in on a book named “Arizona Compiled Laws”.
Sen. Sinema was elected in November’s midterm election, defeating GOP candidate Martha McSally. McSally was later appointed to the Senate, taking a seat that was held by John McCain prior to his passing.
“Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply because of her love for the Constitution,” Sinema’s office said.
The news outlet explains, “Sinema, who started her political career as a member of the Green Party, also identifies as bisexual. She is only the second member of the Senate to identify as LGBTQ. Despite her current claim to love the U.S. Constitution, in her work with left-wing groups in the early 2000s, Sinema was far less solicitous of the law of the land. In fact, she was quoted in 2002 as saying she thought it was acceptable that anarchists and Antifa types perpetrated violence, carried weapons, and destroyed property in pursuit of the extremist goals.”
The Washington Examiner explained of an email sent by Sinema in 2002, “When AAPJ attended May Day (sponsored by the Phoenix Anarchist Coalition), we knew that their guidelines differ from ours. They are okay with weapons and property destruction in some instances, and so those of us who chose to attend the event knew that it would be inappropriate to ask someone to not destroy property or to carry a weapon.”
Fox 10 Phoenix reports:
At least two lawmakers, according to FOX News, took their ceremonial oaths using the Quran. Ilham Omar, a Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota, used her grandfather’s Quran, while Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic lawmaker from Michigan, used an English translation of the Quran that was owned by former President Thomas Jefferson.
According to the Pew Research Center, Christians are overrepresented in Congress. Data provided by the group shows 88.2% of all members of Congress are affiliated as belonging to various factions of Christianity, compared to 71% of U.S. adults.