Maryland council member won’t use Bible at swearing-in

Maryland council member won’t use Bible at swearing-in

Jessica Fitzwater is a newly-elected council member in Frederick County, Md.

However, unlike her fellow county council members, Fitzwater will not place her hand on the Bible when she is sworn into office on Dec. 1.

“I think it’s more appropriate to swear my oath on something I will be upholding. I’m not upholding the teachings of the Bible. I’m upholding the charter or the Constitution,” Fitzwater told the Frederick News-Post.

Fitzwater, who supports the separation of church and state, is considering taking her oath on the Frederick County charter or another government document.

The swearing-in ceremony will include a priest and Fitzwater’s rabbi.

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