Conservatives are furious that not only is a Muslim woman a judge — but she had the audacity to swear her oath of office on a Quran rather than the Bible like a good, patriotic Christian would. There is not, nor has there ever been, a requirement that someone swearing an oath do so on a Bible, but conservatives are pretending that this was the case in an effort to justify their attacks on Judge Carolyn Walker, who chose to swear her oath on a book in which she places her faith.
“Raise your right hand, and place your left on the Bible,” writes Young Conservatives’ John S. Roberts. “That’s the way things work in America when an elected official assumes his or her post. At least, that’s the way things use to work.”
After quoting an article that points out Walker’s decision to take her oath on her holy book while wearing her religion’s traditional clothing. To most, this would be a brave decision in light of the GOP-inspired Islamophobic atmosphere in America. To conservatives, it’s “crazy.”
“I’d much rather have a judge swear on the Bible than on the Koran, because one doesn’t call for the deaths of all infidels,” Roberts writes before claiming that because Christianity is the majority religion in the United States, we are a Christian nation.
“This is political correctness gone too far, and we have to hope there aren’t more occurrences around the nation like this one in New York,” he says. “If officials can take their oaths on the Koran, what’s next? A cookbook?”
Technically, yes, anyone can swear an oath on a cookbook if they want. They could swear on a pot roast, a glass of chardonnay, or their pet poodle. What they place their hand on does not matter; what’s important is that they uphold their oath — and there’s no indication that Walker will not do her job splendidly. Unfortunately, conservatives don’t see it that way. To them, this is just another sign of “Obama’s America.” Young Cons’ readers weighed in in the comment section:
The incredibly wrong-headed and awful belief that Muslims can not be faithful to their god while also upholding the Constitution is a belief that conservatives hold almost as dear as their opinion that a Christian can remain faithful to both. Unfortunately for them, we are a diverse nation comprised of individuals of varying beliefs and backgrounds — something the Right has a lot of trouble tolerating.
Congratulations to Judge Walker, who will almost assuredly do an excellent jo