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Mon Feb 1, 2021, 01:35 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."

(more at link, including video of the ceremony)

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


I do not know what his beliefs are, but it's nice to see this.

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Reply Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Takes Oath On Constitution Instead Of Bible (Original post)
hurl Feb 1 OP
Laelth Feb 1 #1
Ferrets are Cool Feb 1 #2
NurseJackie Feb 1 #7
Ferrets are Cool Feb 1 #8
joshdawg Feb 1 #22
Duppers Feb 1 #3
Jerry2144 Feb 1 #4
ad121rome Feb 1 #5
Denvermosaic Feb 1 #6
angrychair Feb 1 #9
LazySusanNot Feb 1 #10
SpankMe Feb 1 #11
AirmensMom Feb 1 #12
BigOleDummy Feb 1 #17
leanforward Feb 1 #13
BobTheSubgenius Feb 1 #14
IronLionZion Feb 1 #15
panfluteman Feb 1 #16
3catwoman3 Feb 1 #18
ailsagirl Feb 1 #19
Glaisne Feb 1 #20
yonder Feb 1 #21
Auggie Feb 2 #23

Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 01:38 PM

1. Excellent!

I would do the same if I had the courage and the opportunity.



-Laelth

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 02:43 PM

2. Nice to see someone NOT using a NOVEL to swear an oath on.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:40 PM

7. Oh, you're bad.

I like that!

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:40 PM

8. ...

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 09:33 PM

22. Yes!

The best-selling book of fiction ever.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 02:59 PM

3. Very good to hear.

Thank you for the info.

👍

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:08 PM

4. If I were to be sworn in

I would choose the phone book. More accurate than the Bible and symbolic of the people I would be representing

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:16 PM

5. Actually

Mr. Blinkenís beliefs have nothing to do with his oath to the country. All Federal officials should take the oath with their hand on the Constitution. It sickens me that some officials take it so lightly and turn their back on the oath so quickly.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:19 PM

6. Presidents should take the oath on Constitution as well as upholding it. The bible is irrelevant.

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Response to Denvermosaic (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:42 PM

9. Xians would lose their mind

We've been making kids pledge to the Christian God since 1953 and unfortunately most people don't care.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:51 PM

10. Maybe SOS Blinken is another convert to the reality based community....

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Regardless of his religious views, I like the strategic move. So much of what we do in Govt and Society as a whole is based on symbolism. I think The Constitution is probably the greatest symbol he could have chosen, especially now.

Thanks for posting this.
The symbolism is re-inforced every time it's brought into the light.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:52 PM

11. So much win! n/t

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:54 PM

12. It doesn't matter what his religious beliefs are.

Says to in the Constitution. We do need to know that he believes in the U.S. Constitution. Very refreshing!

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Response to AirmensMom (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:20 PM

17. Exactly

And well said!

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:01 PM

13. Separation of church and state

I all in on that. Makes me think of how the french achieved their separation.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:05 PM

14. Which would you rather see?

Govt officials following the dos ands don'ts of the Constitution, or adhering to the tenets of the Bible?

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:08 PM

15. He's Jewish, but that shouldn't matter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office#Federal_executive_and_legislative_branch_oaths

There's no need for any book, but the constitution makes the most sense since it is explicitly cited in the oath.

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:17 PM

16. Isn't Antony Blinken from a Jewish Family that Fled Hitler's Holocaust?

The whole swearing on a Bible thing must be particularly mixed and ambivalent for Jews, with half of the book - the Old Testament - being OK, but the other half - the New Testament - being inherently problematic.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:28 PM

18. Good on him!

Most appropriate, for many reasons.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:34 PM

19. I like that-- maybe it will set a precedent!!

Besides, it really makes more sense than using the Bible since it's the Constitution they must uphold.

IMHO

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:37 PM

20. As it should be!

More should do this!

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:38 PM

21. Didn't MTG or Boebert get their face in a squinch

because another recent appointee did the same?

This is really great and about time the tables were turned.

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Response to hurl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 08:56 AM

23. I'll have to remember this should (in the very unlikely occurrence) I'll ever have to take an oath

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