they make him swear on a Bible?
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
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.-----
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