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Republican Judge Sworn in on a Dictionary (No Bible could be found)
Short News ^ | 01/04/2010

Posted on 01/05/2010 9:23:32 AM PST by Between the Lines

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: atheismandstate; bible; dictionary; godlessamerica; pledge

1 posted on 01/05/2010 9:23:34 AM PST by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

Words, just words... lol


2 posted on 01/05/2010 9:25:00 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Between the Lines
Perhaps in the future we could substitute a picture of the Messiah Obama for a Bible
3 posted on 01/05/2010 9:26:05 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Between the Lines

So help me Webster.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 9:26:16 AM PST by highlander_UW (There's a storm coming - little kid at a Mexican gas station in The Terminator)
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To: Between the Lines

Just going by the book works for me.


5 posted on 01/05/2010 9:27:08 AM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: Between the Lines

Couldn’t he have just used a copy of “Rules for Radicals”
like Obama?


6 posted on 01/05/2010 9:28:02 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Between the Lines

Then why would he even do it with a dictionary? Just raise your hand for goodness sakes. This judge isn`t passing the smell test already. Something up here....


7 posted on 01/05/2010 9:28:19 AM PST by Bud Krieger (Another President, another idiot....)
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To: Between the Lines

I wonder if any pol has ever taken the oath with his hand on....

The Constitution.


8 posted on 01/05/2010 9:28:52 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (During this joyous Christmas season, I'd like you to know....A reindeer bit my sister once.)
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To: Between the Lines
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.

The one book that never appears on the liberal American Library Ass' "banned book week" list even though it is banned in government institutions across this land.

9 posted on 01/05/2010 9:29:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: Between the Lines

just goes to show how these liberals feel that morality and the bible are irrelevant


10 posted on 01/05/2010 9:30:12 AM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Between the Lines

Yes, the swearing-in is ceremonial. But it isn’t a joke. IF there was no bible, he should have just sworn his oath without one, not pretend he had a Bible.

(I presume they didn’t really think that swearing on a dictionary would mean something special).

I have my bible on my PDA, I wonder if they would have used something like THAT for swearing-in?


11 posted on 01/05/2010 9:33:08 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Between the Lines

Well, could be an honest mistake. Each of them thought that the other would have a Bible available for the swearing in.

But I don’t see the point of making a joke out of it. That is disturbing. If you solemnly swear by God that you will perform all the duties of the office as they should be performed, that should suffice. Hopefully this guy didn’t solemnly swear by “a, and, and the,” or even by “antidisestablishmentarianism.”


12 posted on 01/05/2010 9:33:56 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Between the Lines

If the judge would agree to adjudicate cases in such a fashion that the definitions of the words in the laws were accepted as they are found in the dictionary instead of how liberal/politically-correct types want them re-defined I’d propose that EVERY judge be sworn in on a dictionary.


13 posted on 01/05/2010 9:34:20 AM PST by RonF
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To: Mr. K

Wasn’t there a Koran lying around somewhere or the Book of Sharia Law? Times must be really rough for supplies these days.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 9:36:34 AM PST by tflabo
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To: Mr. K

Maybe this is the first question of the RINO vetting questionnaire. If elected/selected, do you have a personal Bible to use for your swearing in ceremony?. If answer is no, NEXT!


15 posted on 01/05/2010 9:37:57 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Mr. K; CharlesWayneCT; a fool in paradise; Cicero; tet68; Bud Krieger; Responsibility2nd; ...

If the judge would agree to adjudicate cases in such a fashion that the definitions of the words in the laws were accepted as they are found in the dictionary instead of how liberal/politically-correct types want them re-defined (e.g., the word “right”) I’d propose that EVERY judge be sworn in on a dictionary.


16 posted on 01/05/2010 9:38:48 AM PST by RonF
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To: RonF

You have a point.
Maybe they should all be sworn in on a copy of the
constitution.


17 posted on 01/05/2010 9:43:11 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: RonF
Ulster County Judge candidate Donald A. Williams Jr. cites his experience as attorney

KINGSTON — Donald A. Williams Jr. began practicing law in New York 30 years ago, and for the vast majority of that time, he's been a prosecutor.

So he nods in anticipation when the question is asked: With all that experience on the prosecution side, how can a voter be ensured that Williams will be even-handed as an Ulster County judge?

"I can rely on a 30-year, proven and very public record," he says. "It is not the district attorney's role to seek convictions. Instead, it is the district attorney's role to hold individuals accountable for the crimes they did commit, to advocate for victims' rights, to protect the constitutional rights of all parties, including those charged with offenses that are presumed to be innocent — and it is equally, or more, compelling that the district attorney ensure that innocent people are not unjustly punished or prosecuted."

18 posted on 01/05/2010 9:48:42 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Between the Lines

Stuff like this happens all the time with ‘RATS; we never hear about it.

Initially I thought ‘that’s strange, a Republican did that’ but I missed the obvious explanation.


19 posted on 01/05/2010 9:49:37 AM PST by eartotheground
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To: Between the Lines

A RAT might say that since every word found in the Bible is also found in the dictionary...then, what’s the difference?


20 posted on 01/05/2010 9:49:46 AM PST by JPG (Mr. Gore, put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Mr. K

Did you bother checking this guy out or simply judge him on a snafu? I started reading about him. Found that he served on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts. Must be a REALLY bad man.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 9:52:05 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Between the Lines
Was it at least a...


22 posted on 01/05/2010 9:54:49 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think it would be great if we switched from the Bible to the Constitution. Seems that we have a lot in government who believe in the Bible, but think the Constitution is worthless.


23 posted on 01/05/2010 9:55:23 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: a fool in paradise
The one book that never appears on the liberal American Library Ass' "banned book week" list

It makes one wonder, since it has a lot of what is considered "objectionable material" in it.

24 posted on 01/05/2010 9:56:11 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Between the Lines
"The substitution in this case reportedly injected 'a light moment' into the solemn ceremony."

SOLEMN:
1 : marked by the invocation of a religious sanction (a solemn oath)
2 : marked by the observance of established form or ceremony;
specifically : celebrated with full liturgical ceremony.

The foundation of our country is Jehovah GOD.
If He is considered non-essential in America, I will cheer it's destruction.

25 posted on 01/05/2010 9:56:41 AM PST by trickyricky
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To: tet68

That’s actually a good idea too. But then, the Supreme Court found a right to abortion in the Constitution. So I’d still want that dictionary in there.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 10:01:43 AM PST by RonF
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To: Between the Lines
Anyone suprised they could not find a Bible in a Courthouse?
27 posted on 01/05/2010 10:03:13 AM PST by ricmc2175
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To: eartotheground
Stuff like this happens all the time with ‘RATS; we never hear about it. Initially I thought ‘that's strange, a Republican did that’ but I missed the obvious explanation.

There were many articles about this incident on the net. This is the only one that mentions any political affiliation, which is why I posted it.

28 posted on 01/05/2010 10:06:11 AM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: antiRepublicrat
Seems that we have a lot in government who falsely claim to believe what the Bible says while rejecting it and systematically demonizing all those who really do believe what the Bible says believe in the Bible, and who also claim to uphold the constitution but actually think the constitution but think the Constitution is worthless.

Let me summarize.

Religious liberals and others who openly hate the Bible are extremely prone to hate the real constitution as well since they are basically lawless humanists (sometimes using religious wording for window dressing) who reject the God who is their Creator and lawgiver.

29 posted on 01/05/2010 10:11:04 AM PST by Old Landmarks (No fear of man, none!)
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To: Between the Lines

I suppose it would be to much to ask that the judge show up with his own Bible just in case.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 10:12:02 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

The important thing about taking the Oath of Office is that it is a solemn Oath.

The traditional Christian belief was that if you violated a solemnly sworn oath to God, you went to Hell.

Well, I don’t know how much leverage that has with many people these days. But that’s certainly the kind of solemn oath you want—something that will be taken seriously, so seriously that a violation means the loss of salvation.

That’s why, for instance, a POTUS swears to uphold the Constitution, but swears to do it on the Bible. The Bible is not necessary, but it’s a reminder that this is an oath taken with God as witness—and enforcer.


31 posted on 01/05/2010 10:14:34 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Between the Lines

He actually ran as an Independent on the Republican ticket. He ran against a woman judge that was appointed by Paterson that had never tried a felony case.


32 posted on 01/05/2010 10:16:46 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

of coure nit! how else could I do the customry knee-jerk reaction

But if it did not seem silly to him, to swear on a dictionary instead of the bible, then he is not conservative ENOUGH


33 posted on 01/05/2010 10:17:36 AM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Mr. K

He didn’t run as a Conservative. He ran as an Independent.


34 posted on 01/05/2010 10:18:57 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Mr. K

And the swearing in was a formality as he’s already on the bench. He replaced a Dem appointment by Paterson.


35 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:56 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Cicero
Liberals have spent decades of brainwashing efforts to remove any and all understanding that their is a God who actually can and will judge sin to which most liberals devote their lives, which of course includes Lying Under Oath.

To them, (not to those who gave us the constitution and other very important things like taking a real oath to God) the only view of reality upon which our freedoms could stand was the world view that their was a Creator to whom we will answer, (even for things meaningless to liberals, such lying under oath).

All exceptions only prove the rule.

36 posted on 01/05/2010 10:27:26 AM PST by Old Landmarks (No fear of man, none!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Thanks for the background info!


37 posted on 01/05/2010 10:29:28 AM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: Between the Lines
I guess witnesses don't have be sworn in either?

Maybe we should let them use any book they want as well.

38 posted on 01/05/2010 10:31:50 AM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: RonF

If the judge would agree to adjudicate cases in such a fashion that the definitions of the words in the laws were accepted as they are found in the dictionary instead of how liberal/politically-correct types want them re-defined (e.g., the word “right”) I’d propose that EVERY judge be sworn in on a dictionary.

Great point! That certainly works for me.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 10:34:35 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Between the Lines

You’re welcome.


40 posted on 01/05/2010 10:38:55 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Between the Lines

I confess I once found myself in an identical situation. The previous judge had walked off with the courtroom bible and we substituted the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, hoping the reporters wouldn’t notice, but they did.. A lesson well-learned. In the future I always made sure to bring the family Bible along opened to an appropriate passage.

I wouldn’t read a whole lot into this story.


41 posted on 01/05/2010 10:52:28 AM PST by Cincinnatus
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To: Between the Lines

I confess I once found myself in an identical situation. The previous judge had walked off with the courtroom bible and we substituted the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, hoping the reporters wouldn’t notice, but they did.. A lesson well-learned. In the future I always made sure to bring the family Bible along opened to an appropriate passage.

I wouldn’t read a whole lot into this story.


42 posted on 01/05/2010 10:52:37 AM PST by Cincinnatus
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To: OldNavyVet

>> Just going by the book works for me.

Which book, the dictionary, or the ‘book’ of law?


43 posted on 01/05/2010 10:59:46 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Old Landmarks

The Constitution isn’t liberal or conservative, religious or anti-religious. We have problems when anyone, liberal or conservative, religious or not, puts his personal desires or agenda before the Constitution.


44 posted on 01/05/2010 11:54:31 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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