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Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:54 PM

Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Takes Oath On Constitution Instead Of Bible.



'Good News: In a symbolic victory for secular values, new Secretary Of State Antony Blinken takes the oath of office on a copy of the U.S. Constitution, instead of the Bible.

The New York Times reports:

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered the oath of office to Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday, his first full day leading the State Department.

Photos from the event show Blinken taking the oath of office on a copy of the U.S. Constitution.'

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2021/01/secretary-of-state-antony-blinken-takes-oath-on-constitution-instead-of-bible/?

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Reply Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Takes Oath On Constitution Instead Of Bible. (Original post)
elleng Jan 2021 OP
Guilded Lilly Jan 2021 #1
Arne Jan 2021 #2
Dawson Leery Jan 2021 #3
elleng Jan 2021 #4
Croney Jan 2021 #5
Karadeniz Jan 2021 #6
Drum Jan 2021 #7
RockRaven Jan 2021 #8
Dem2theMax Jan 2021 #13
stopbush Jan 2021 #9
SunSeeker Jan 2021 #10
Marie Marie Jan 2021 #11
flibbitygiblets Jan 2021 #12
Marie Marie Jan 2021 #18
Hekate Jan 2021 #14
KS Toronado Jan 2021 #15
Firebrand Gary Jan 2021 #16
seta1950 Jan 2021 #17
Paladin Jan 2021 #19
Nitram Jan 2021 #20
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2021 #21

Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:57 PM

1. Awesome and poignant choice.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:58 PM

2. This report made me feel uplifted.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:00 AM

3. Jacinda Adern did the same.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:03 AM

4. Might move there (but for my 4 young grandkids here.)

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:03 AM

5. This is wonderful.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:05 AM

6. Good move!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:06 AM

7. Kick!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:09 AM

8. More of this please.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:48 AM

13. + 1,000. nt.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:40 AM

9. Excellent. I can think of no other book the spews anti-democratic garbage

more than the Buy-bull.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:37 AM

10. Oh, I am SO in love with this guy!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:41 AM

11. This should be the new norm.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:46 AM

12. It should be required, as should a constitutional proficiency exam, repeated annually.

Just a thought.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 03:28 AM

18. Love that idea - as well as a general Civics exam. That would rid of us this new batch of stupid

on the GOP side.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 02:12 AM

14. I am so pleased to hear this!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 02:12 AM

15. We could use some more separation of church and state

All oaths of office should be done on the U.S. Constitution, they're swearing to defend it from all enemies
foreign and republican. Plus evangelicals have had their fingers and noses in our government long enough.
Time for some Democrats who know how to love their neighbor as themselves.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 02:24 AM

16. Every elected American should be doing the same.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 02:30 AM

17. In my opinion

Everyone should be sworn in, on the Constitution.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 10:55 AM

19. I'm sure a certain nut-case legislator from Georgia will be displeased.

Well-done by Blinken; hope it's the start of a trend.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:36 PM

20. I love this!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 04:02 PM

21. Or just not use a book at all

Because I don't think there's anyone who thinks there will be a special supernatural price to pay for invoking the constitution and then breaking your 'oath', which is, after all, the point of swearing on bibles, korans etc.

If you think there are gods that are going to judge you (now, or in an afterlife) based on whether you are true to your pledge, then fine, find a book to make it clear that's what you're doing; if not, then you're affirming your understanding of your legal duties in your office and that you intend to fulfill them. A written work in your hand doesn't alter that.

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