You Don’t Need to Take an Oath on a Bible, or Any Religious Text

By Jonah Engel Bromwich

It was an odd footnote to the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night.

In an interview on CNN, hours before the Republican candidate Roy S. Moore would go on to lose the election, his spokesman asserted that elected officials in the United States were required to take the oath of office on a Christian Bible.

The spokesman, Ted Crockett, used the argument to justify Mr. Moore’s position that Muslim politicians should not be allowed in Congress.

The comments capped off a 10-minute interview in which Mr. Crockett discussed the allegations of sexual abuse against Mr. Moore and reiterated the candidate’s contention that homosexual acts should “probably” be illegal.

“You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America,” Mr. Crockett said.

The CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded: “You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian Bible. You can swear on anything, really. I don’t know if you knew that.”

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