The claim: Sen. Kamala Harris refused to be sworn in on the Bible
Since former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will join him in his White House bid, her past has been subject to scrutiny.
One topic of interest? Her faith.
"Kamala Harris refused to be sworn in using the Bible.....," the post from user Terry Brown reads. The post has been shared nearly 10,000 times on Facebook in recent days. Brown did not respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment.
Harris is Baptist and was sworn into the Senate on the Bible
Harris identifies as a Baptist — a major Protestant Christian denomination — and she was sworn in on the Bible.
Brown did not identify a specific instance of Harris being sworn in, but an Associated Press photo of her ceremonial swearing-in to the Senate in 2017 shows a Bible was used.
A caption of another photo of the event notes that her husband, Doug Emhoff, held "a long-kept family Bible" for Harris to be sworn in on.
In fact, Harris and Biden briefly discussed the Bible before the ceremony.
"Well-worn," she said as she handed Emhoff the Bible, according to footage of the ceremony from C-SPAN.
"All right, that's a good way to do it," Biden responded, before entering into the prompt for the ceremony. "Put your left hand on the Bible and raise your right."
Harris comes from a multifaith family
Though Harris identifies as a Baptist, she has interfaith roots. Her husband is Jewish, her father a Christian and her mother was Hindu.
Growing up, she attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.
Today, Harris attends services at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. Its pastor, the Rev. Amos Brown, told the Associated Press she is "a spiritual person" and "a quintessential scholar."
She invoked her Christian faith multiple times on the campaign trail, including nods to liberation theology and the parable of the Good Samaritan from the New Testament.
"Jesus tells us how we should define neighbor," she said in August 2019. "Jesus tells us, your neighbor is not just the person who lives next door, who drives the kind of car you drive, the person shares your zip code."
"Jesus tells us your neighbor is that man by the side of the road who you walk by, who has faced hardship," she added.
Still, multiple posts have questioned her faith in the days since she was tapped by Biden to run for vice president.
One meme included a photo of Harris and the fake quotes, "I support world Islamization," and "I support Sharia Law in the USA" — an attack reminiscent of false accusations against former President Barack Obama that he was secretly a Muslim.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, the claim that Sen. Kamala Harris refused to be sworn in on the Bible is FALSE. Photos and videos of her ceremonial swearing-in show that her husband held the Bible for her as she took her oath of office. Harris identifies as a Baptist, attends services at a Baptist church in the San Francisco area and has spoken about her Christian faith and invoked Scripture previously.
Our fact-check sources:
AP Images, Jan. 3, 2017, Sen. Kamala Harris ceremonial swearing-in
KPBS, Jan. 3, 2017, Kamala Harris Sworn In To U.S. Senate
C-SPAN, Jan. 3, 2017, Sen. Kamala Harris Sworn In by Vice President Biden
Associated Press, Aug. 12, Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket
Religion News Service, Aug. 12, 5 faith facts about Biden’s veep pick, Kamala Harris — a Baptist with Hindu family
Kamala Harris, Aug. 25, 2019, tweet
USA TODAY, Aug. 13, Fact check: Kamala Harris does not want to institute Sharia law
Contributing: Matthew Brown
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