THE real split in the Legislative Council is neither pro-business versus pro-grassroots nor pro-China versus stand-up-to-China. No, Legco is divided along religious lines. Legislators new and old stood for the formal swearing-in ceremony, each taking his or her turn to walk up to the desk before Legislative Council Secretary-General Ricky Fung Choy-cheung and promise to be good. Allen Lee Peng-fei, the longest-serving member, ambled up first to read from the register laid out for him by the bearded Law Kam-sang, Mr Fung's deputy. 'I, Lee Peng-fei, solemnly, sincerely and truly affirm and declare that I will uphold the law and that I will conscientiously and truly serve the people of Hong Kong as a member of the Legislative Council,' intoned Mr Lee in Cantonese, nearly forgetting to sign the book before returning to his seat. 'Mrs Selina Chow!', called Mr Fung. Mr Law whipped the non-Christian's register away and replaced it with a second book and Bible. Mrs Chow grasped the Bible in both hands as she took the oath. Martin Lee Chu-ming did his piece in English, Bible held dramatically above his right shoulder. David Li held the Bible in one hand. Ngai Shiu-kit, his jacket straining, chose to do without the Bible and got the Buddhists' book to sign. One by one they went up. Not once did Mr Law falter or offer a councillor the wrong book. Just over one-third took the oath. The rest made a declaration. Chim Pui-chung stood back from the table and shouted in his usual fashion. David Chu Yu-lin and Paul Cheng Min-fun spoke in American-accented English, Christine Loh Kung-wai in the accent of a British public school. Howard Young undermined the solemnity of the occasion when he sauntered up to affirm and declare his intention to serve the people of Hong Kong as a member of the Urban Council. There always has to be one trade unionist who bucks the trend and refuses to wear a jacket and tie. This time it was Leung Yiu-chung, the newly-elected representative of the Textiles and Garments constituency. Fellow unionist Chan Yuen-han dispensed with a power-skirt and rolled up in slacks. No doubt, they'll learn to conform in time to the Legco dress-code, like Lau Chin-shek and Lee Cheuk-yan before them. Elizabeth Wong, resplendent in black-and-white checked jacket, and black cheong-sam with a white-rimmed, black rose in her lapel, bounded down the steps to take the oath in English. Lawyers' representative Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee dressed severely in barrister's black. Given the chance, one thought, she might turn up in a wig. But it was Emily Lau Wai-hing who stole the fashion show with a bright yellow twin set and low-cut black blouse. 'Mr Zachary Wong!', came Mr Fung's voice finally, breaking with the tradition set by former Legco President Sir John Swaine, who insisted on calling him Mr Wong Wai-yin. The legislator from New Territories Northwest smiled and made his declaration. He was late, having taken his wife to hospital for a check-up. But he made it in the end.