Democrat Arizona State Rep. Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton was caught by a safety digicam earlier this month hiding Bibles by stuffing them in sofa cushions and the fridge of the Home members-only lounge.
Home members started to note the development of lacking bibles beginning in March, and cameras have been arrange by safety. It was on April 10 that Stahl-Hamilton was lastly caught red-handed.
Conservative State Rep. Rachel Jones shared this story on Twitter, asking, “What?!!!”
— AZ Consultant Rachel Jones (@RJ4arizona) April 26, 2023
An Arizona state lawmaker was captured on video snatching a Bible off a desk within the Home’s members-only lounge earlier than stashing it exterior of digicam view.
The Arizona Home of Representatives was alerted in regards to the mysterious disappearance of a pair of Holy Bibles on March 23, that are usually left on show within the Home’s members-only lounge, in keeping with a statehouse supply.
The restricted space is situated close to the Home Flooring and is a spot the place members of the Home can go if they should take a name or meet with different representatives or senior workers members in between votes.
Friends are additionally allowed within the lounge, however they’re required to be escorted whereas inside.
After being alerted to the Bible disappearances, gumshoes with the Home safety staff began looking the lounge for the Bibles and located they’d been positioned beneath cushions of two chairs.
Almost every week later, one other Bible went lacking from the lounge and was later found to have been moved and positioned inside a fridge in a close-by kitchen.
On account of the disappearing Bibles, the safety staff positioned a short lived digicam contained in the lounge.
The statehouse supply mentioned safety cameras are positioned all through many communal areas within the Home constructing, although the lounge was not a kind of areas.
On April 10, when Home members have been in session, a 3rd incident occurred, this time with the pair of Bibles within the lounge as soon as once more going lacking from their places.
The safety digicam captured Rep. Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton, a Democrat and ordained Presbyterian minister, in keeping with her bio, eradicating the books and hiding them underneath two sofas within the lounge.
Stahl-Hamilton and her staff didn’t instantly reply to questions from Fox Information Digital in regards to the incident on Tuesday.
In a video posted to Twitter by a reporter with CBS 5 in Arizona, the reporter approached Stahl-Hamilton to ask her why she was hiding the Bibles. She declined to remark, and as an alternative, walked away from the reporter.
Stahl Hamilton is a radical anti-Trump Democrat. When President Trump appeared at St. John’s Church in Washington DC holding a bible after the church was torched by George Floyd rioters in 2020, Stahl-Hamilton tweeted, calling it “disgusting.”
Hamilton acknowledged, “I’m an ordained minister. I acquired into politics as a result of I used to be so angered by the variety of Bibles on desks on the Arizona State Home. Holding a Bible – or any non secular textual content – doesn’t make you particular person. Nor must you use this a political picture op. That is disgusting.”
Arizona State Rep. Jacqueline Parker reminded her followers of this remark and slammed Stahl-Hamilton, who apparently “ran for workplace to wage battle on the bible.”
Whereas stating that radical Islamists would kill somebody for doing this to the Quran, former Assistant Legal professional Basic Jen Wright requested, “Is it an excessive amount of to ask that Bibles not be stolen and hidden in fridges and sofa cushions?”
In some elements of the world, desecrating the Quran is punishable by dying.
You even must ritually wash your fingers earlier than dealing with the Quran.
Is it an excessive amount of to ask that Bibles not be stolen and hidden in fridges and sofa cushions? 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/ovV52Q4nva
— Jen Wright (@JenWEsq) April 26, 2023