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Do they make him swear on a Bible?

From:  "Nick" 

If an atheist has to go to court, do they make him swear on the Bible?

Winifred sent us this: 

No. Although a wise attorney tells the judge in chambers first, rather than springing it on the court and the jury, as it's a known fact that it can prejudice a trial...absurd as that sounds.
In U.S. District Court, which is a common standard, the oath is amended to: "You do affirm that all the testimony you are about to give in the case now before the court will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; this you do affirm under the pains and penalties of perjury?"

TB gave us this information: 

As an expert witness, I never had to swear on a bible. This forum talks about it here

Xach mumbled this: 

no there is a separate oath that can be administered to such people.

SomewhatDamaged believes this: 

Yes, all people swear on the bible, it's just a tradition. Swearing on the bible has nothing to do with whether or not you're going to lie... the real deal is the threat of being slapped with purgery.

amrshalakanid responded with this: 

nope they don't.....he'd just has to raise his right hand and keep the left one beside him while swearing. followers of other religions may put their left hands on holly books of their respective religions.

Edwin concluded with this:

When you're in court and about to testify, they'll swear you in on a Bible. If you are an atheist and protest to such a stupid little technicality, they'll give you a swift kick in the nuts for being so full of sh*t.----- Click here for more details

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