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I was a tad bit surprised recently by the Oath of Office administered to Kayleen Whitlock as a West Jordan, Utah Councilwoman. While I do not question her sincerity — that isn’t the point. I later learned that touching a Holy Book (such as The Holy Bible) wasn’t required there. The Oath read:  “I, (elected official name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”  That last word–fidelity–is pivotal. Fidelity to what ? The affirming person’s is testifying to do a task appropriately.   Do they mean fidelity to family?  Or to  friends? Or to family? Or to their faith? Or their internal honor? In my viewpoint,  “Fidelity”  is being true to something higher: Almighty God. Therefore, I believe all honorable Oaths should include the words: “So Help Me God” while touching a Book of Holy Writ , to invoke our Creator’s aid and blessings to do a task diligently or a political office well and with dignity, solemnity, loyalty with steadfast allegiance to the solemn vows and honorable promises the fullness of the Oath of Office. .
James  Marples

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