+ + + 3 BRANDNEW NewsTickers for your Website! + + + easy configurable in less than 1 Minute + + + GET'EM NOW! + + +

   Home | Join | Submit News | MyShortNews | HighScores | FAQ'S | Forums 0 Users Online   
                 04/19/2015 11:23 PM  
  ShortNews Search
search all Channels
RSS feeds
   Top News Politics
Russia Lifts Ban on Supplying S-300 PMU Missiles to Iran
Tennessee Executions Halted Until Further Notice
Sen. Marco Rubio Running for President
Obama Says Hillary Clinton "Would Be an Excellent President"
Obama and Castro Meet for First Talk Between the Countries in Nearly 60 Years
Report: Hillary Clinton to Announce 2016 Presidential Campaign Sunday
Oklahoma Passes Bill to Allow Nitrogen Gas in Executions
more News
out of this Channel...
  ShortNews User Poll
Should Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016?
  Latest Events
  2.751 Visits   3 Assessments  Show users who Rated this:
Quality:Very Good
Back to Overview  
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     
  Shortnews Patrons  
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     
Copyright ©2015 ShortNews GmbH & Co. KG, Contact: