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01/04/2010 06:49 AM ID: 82310 Permalink   

Republican Judge Sworn in on a Dictionary


New York: Incoming Ulster County judge Donald A. Williams has been sworn into office with his left hand on a dictionary instead of a book of scripture.

When the time came to swear in Williams, a Republican, no Bible could be found so the former district attorney took his oath on a dictionary. Williams was unconcerned by the substitution, saying that the swearing-in is ceremonial only.

There is no requirement for officials to be sworn in on a Bible but most choose to do so, many with their own family Bible. The substitution in this case reportedly injected 'a light moment' into the solemn ceremony.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  You can just see  
the attack ads claiming he is an atheist/heathen from an opponent trying to pander to the religious right should he ever decide to run for a political nomination.
  by: ixuzus     01/04/2010 06:51 AM     
He´s Republican so he will probably be safe, if anything someone will accuse some liberal from hiding his bible once the news gets around.
  by: TaraB     01/04/2010 07:00 AM     
  it´s all in the wording  
hence the dictionary ;-) .. hehehe
  by: Key2000     01/04/2010 07:53 AM     
He´s also of the Merriam-Webster sect.

Honestly though I think there would be a stink from some wingnuts if it were a non-Republican...
  by: treyjazz   01/04/2010 08:10 AM     
  Did the dictionary contain words like  
abortion, evolutionism, Darwin, democracy, freedom, Geneva convention, respect, etc ?
  by: P0ubelle   01/04/2010 02:37 PM     
  Now if only...  
We could get Republicans to read a dictionary. THAT would be something to swear in on.

  by: NicPre     01/05/2010 12:55 AM     
Dictionary tells the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me TCID.

Another thing is. They are a secular county, big separation between religion and ??? I wonder when sheeple will wake up?
  by: skcusswentrohs     01/05/2010 03:31 AM     
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totally unbiased.
  by: moxpearl   01/05/2010 04:03 AM     
Everyone has their ideology and view of the world. Did you have a point?
  by: ixuzus     01/05/2010 04:20 AM     
I sure hope he keeps his word
  by: common_tater   01/05/2010 07:46 AM     
  it would be more suitable...  
if he was sworn in on a MAD Magazine.
  by: shaohu     01/05/2010 09:04 AM     
totally biased
  by: shaohu     01/05/2010 09:05 AM     
If I am elected to a public office, I´ll be sworn in on a science textbook.
  by: jbloodthorn   01/05/2010 10:04 PM     
  the dictionary  
holds more truth than the bible anyways.
  by: foosh84   01/06/2010 12:08 AM     
  US Justice System  
When you require (not choice given) defendants (or, for that matter, witnesses) to swear by the Bible at a criminal proceeding... does that mean they can get away with lying and not be held liable for perjury if they are atheist?
  by: theironboard     01/06/2010 01:32 PM     
I´m not affiliated with the court system, but I understand that being sworn in now consists of raising your right hand and swearing "to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."
  by: cranky_paranoid     01/06/2010 11:41 PM     
  Why Is A Judges Positon Partisan?  
How can you be guaranteed a fair and unbiased trial from a judge that is elected on party lines? This is stupid folks.

  by: ichi     01/07/2010 12:06 AM     
  As a Unitarian...  
...If I´m ever sworn into office, it will have to be on a copy of "A Brief History of Time"
  by: CaptainChainsaw   01/08/2010 05:05 PM     
Good point. I thought judges were supposed to be non-partisan. A point was made here to be sure that everyone knew he was a former Republican. But I´m proof that you can be a conservative, and not necessarily a bible-thumper. I guess you could possibly be a Republican and not be a bible-thumper, and maybe even a be a bible-thumping liberal. They are not mutually exclusive. For instance, I think that you could want people to be able to keep the money they earn, and still not really care about the abortion issue.
  by: WillyMaykett   01/08/2010 07:22 PM     
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