New Democrat representative ditches the Bible to be sworn in on a copy of a Superman comic book instead.
· · Jan 4, 2023 ·

Should the Republican majority ever get their act together and elect a new Speaker of the House, the new members will be sworn in with their right hand over the Constitution and the Bible — well, all of them except Democrat from California Robert Garcia.

He wants to be sworn in over the constitution, a picture of his parents, his citizenship certificate, and an original copy of Superman number 1, which he checked out of the Library of Congress, so it's in near mint condition and worth over a million dollars.

Garcia has long been a fan of Superman. His campaign used a Superman font for his logo, and I can appreciate the fandom.

I too like reading a good comic book, especially Superman.

However, it's weird to break tradition and not swear in on a copy of the Bible.

Only a few people, including the Muslim members of Congress Kieth Ellison, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar and Hindu practitioner Tulsi Gabbard have broken that tradition (a few others like John Quincy Adams were sworn in on things like a law book).

I guess as a gay man running on a platform of trans-inclusive healthcare, it makes sense not to swear in on a book inspired by a God that calls your chosen lifestyle sinful.

I might be worried that Representative Garcia would follow through on some of the woke agendas he supported in his campaign, but apparently as a member of Congress you get to check out all the comics you want: you know to do research for passing laws and stuff.

I doubt he'll be doing much in Congress, and besides maybe he'll learn something about American values reading the older stuff.

You know in the days before Superman was gay.

The only question I have at this point is if he has access to the entire Library of Congress's collection, why didn't he spring for Action Comics number 1 with the first appearance of Superman for his swearing in ceremony?

A real Superman fan would have gone for the créme de la créme.


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