Zen and the Art of Winning Elections (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson


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It was a big day for American Muslims yesterday as America's first Muslim was sworn into office in the House of Representatives.

Still more spectacular of an event, that went almost unnoticed, was the first Pagans taking the oath of office as well. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaiian Democrat and Hank Johnson a Democrat from Georgia, both Buddhists, took their oaths of office yesterday. Unlike their Republican counterparts, it is obvious they did not run on a platform of Jesus. They ran on the issues and won on the issues.

It is interesting to note all the Republicans that lost in November all used Jesus as a prop in their campaign. I am not saying Christ ain't what he used to be, I am saying using religion as a means to win elections is becoming worn out.

Comments

I LOVE this one Storm

BTW, do you know if they were forced to swear-in on the Christian bible?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

No book at all.

Buddhists really don't have holy books per se.

From AZ Central

While a new, Muslim member of Congress sparked a controversy for taking his oath of office with a Quran instead of a Bible on Thursday, another new member who is Buddhist was sworn in with no book at all.

Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who was raised in the Buddhist tradition but doesn't actively practice the religion, said, "I don't have a book. ... But I certainly believe in the precepts of Buddhism and that of tolerance of other religions and integrity and honesty."

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