Europe has an ancient heritage of Christianity being involved in government so it is not surprising that many nations still use religious centered oaths in order to swear in officials. Archbishop leronymos, head of the Church of Greece made an unusual suggestion by arguing that the taking of religious oaths by politicians should be abolished. There was some negative reaction to his suggestion, but it is still unclear whether he meant all oaths taken by government officials or some oaths. Several bishops while supporting the idea of abolishing oaths in assuming a position in government also noted if a person can not swear on the Bible to uphold the Constitution, then that individual is not someone to be trusted.
In days gone by, most Europeans were Christians, but these days, Europe includes peoples of very diverse backgrounds and religions. It is time to end the use of a religious oath and allow those who do not feel comfortable taking such a position due to their own religion, the right to just take office and promise to obey the Constitution.
Democrats Abroad will have the first global primary for Americans in history. Us citizens who are living in various countries around the world will have an opportunity to cast their ballot in a world-wide Democratic primary. Yvette Jarvis of Democrat Abroad Greece says there is unusual interest in the 2008 elections and she has picked up strong sentiment for Barack Obama in Greece. Individuals can vote in person or online and those coming from states which require a personal presence can still go ahead and cast their ballot in this first even global primary election.
We are witnessing a new global awareness in which individuals leave a country to work and live elsewhere on the planet, but still maintain feelings about their homeland. In a sense, this is creating a new concept of a world citizen who is involved regardless of where they are physically located.
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