I happened to catch the swearing in of Scott Brown as a United States Senator on the radio on my way home from work today. There was a brief comment that he was holding two Bibles during the ceremony, which I thought was kind of strange, but nothing more was mentioned.
Later, I heard a conservative talk show host praising Senator Brown for the marvelous personal character he revealed by swearing upon these two Bibles. Apparently, the Bibles belong to his two daughters, and since his daughters could not be there, he wished to honor them by using their personal Bibles. (His daughters have Bibles?)
In purely symbolic terms, this is about as chilling a start as possible for the man I hoped would not be a conventional Republican. I don’t have very high hopes anyway; my satisfaction with his election was based not upon Scott Brown himself, but upon the apparent rebellion of Massachusetts voters that it signaled. But I thought he was at least free of the religious penchant of conservatives.