Do we still swear on the Bible in court?

@raydene (9875)
United States
July 8, 2008 9:16am CST
I haven't been in a courtroom for sometime and even then haven't been often so wanting to know? There is a big issue about God in the pledge and many other things so I wondered.. What do you think of all this anyway?
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• United States
13 Jul 08
I don't know , But I thought about this. What if you are not Christian? What would this actually mean? You don't believe in a Christian G-d. So why do it.And why would any thinking court would make them do it. Pledging on a Bible will only work if you believe in the Bible.
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
12 Jul 08
I don't know if they still do, I have never seen a criminal case I have only been to my own divorce and I did not have to do that.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 08
I think it is sh** because they lie even if they "promise" to tell the truth and swear it all to god.nay!Many people nowadays are total hypocrites.
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@DarkDancer (1014)
• Dayton, Ohio
9 Jul 08
The last time I was in court (it was a while back, a couple years ago), I was a witness and when I was sworn in, they didn't use a bible. The Bailiff asked me if I swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"
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@bjbailey (114)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I think God is angry. Look at all the 'natural' disasters that has happened since all this started. The floods, fires, tornados,etc. When will people get it. I was in court a month ago and no we did not swear upon a Bible.
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@Kemboi (340)
• Kenya
8 Jul 08
Yes they swear with the Bible. But their hearts are far full of greedy and evil thoughts. Today in my country (Kenya), a finance minister has resign because of corruption. Four months ago they were sworn inn but they are doing opposite. Bible as been mis handled.
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@Kemboi (340)
• Kenya
8 Jul 08
Yes they swear with the Bible. But their hearts are far full of greedy and evil thoughts. Today in my country (Kenya), a finance minister has resign because of corruption. Four months ago they were sworn inn but they are doing opposite. Bible as been mis handled.
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@Galena (9124)
8 Jul 08
in the UK, you have a choice. you can swear on a holy book, or make a personal affirmation of your truthfulness. for example. if I were to go to court, what point would there be in me swearing on the bible. I might as well swear on the dictionary. such an Oath wouldn't bind me to the truth, as they are just words on paper, with no meaning to me. if I swear to tell the truth, on my honour, that would mean something, and I would not break my word.
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• South Africa
8 Jul 08
I think that it is a waste of time to make someone swear on the bible since not everyone believes in the bible. If they are going to swear people in using religious beliefs, then they need to find out what the person actually believes in and make them swear on that. Would they make someone swear on the Gosple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster if that is what the person truely believed in?
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
9 Jul 08
the Gosple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster *chokes on her coffee and falls over in a fit of giggles* OMG that was just too freakin funny!! on a serious note though I agree with you...I'm so NOT a bible person, hell I'm not even Christian so swearing me in on the bible really IS a waste of time and pointless since it means nothing to me anyway...hell they'd have better luck swearing me in on One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I think that this country was founded on Christian beliefs and that the secular progressives who are working hard to chip away at the things we stand for are misguided...to put it nicely. As far as I know they haven't gotten around to picking on the traditional swearing on the Bible in court but I'm sure that's on their list, too.
• United States
31 Jul 08
Jesus in the bible says not to swear. "But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No;' anything more than this comes from evil." The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5 verses 34-37.
• Canada
8 Mar 09
i was in an American courtroom earlier last year, and I don't remember seeing anyone swear on a bible. I haven't been in a Canadian court room in years, but I don't think we do up here anymore either. I think people should have a choice. The Bible is not sacred to everyone, and we need to respect that. However, if one asks to swear on a bible, one should be provided.
• United States
8 Jul 08
Yes, I believe we still have to swear on the Bible in a courtroom. I agree with swearing on it. Lets us know that God is in the room.
@Kemboi (340)
• Kenya
8 Jul 08
People have misused the name of God. Especially when they are taking an oath. Toda in my country (Kenya) a minister for finance have resigned because of corruption. Four months ago he was sworn inn. He took a Bible and swear in the name of God to help him to be faithfull. That was only a lie ho! God forbid Our leaders.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
8 Jul 08
As far as I know they do in fact still do that but IMO I think its silly....hypothetically speaking, if I were to be sworn in in court doing it on the bible means nothing to me...IF I wanted to flatout lie, swearing me in on a book I dont believe in IS NOT goin to prevent me from doign it in fact it might even encourage it if I were caught on the fence....
• United States
8 Jul 08
I hear that in court they still have you swear on the Bible. But since we don't all have Christian beliefs..? (Not sure that means the person feels obligated to tell the truth.) I think "One nation, indivisible" is fine? It was that way until the 1940's and there was not a reason to change it.
• United States
8 Jul 08
I haven't been in a courtroom in a long time either. I've been noticing on tv, ie: court tv or news broadcasts, that in many cases the bible is no longer used. The witness is asked to swear or affirm that what they are about to testify is the truth under penalty of perjury. Or words to that effect anyway. Personally I'm glad that the bible in the courtroom is being phased out. If we are going to have a separation of church and state then it should be in all facets of the state, not pick and choose. sets a bad ethical example.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Like you, I haven't been in a court room in a long time, either. But I'm sure the Bible is still used to swear on. But you bring up an excellent point. If we are to have separation of church and state, when why are we required to swear on the Bible.The 10 commandments have been removed from the scene, so why do they continue to use the Bible. The government seems to want to completely remove God from the scene in the public sector so why not the Bible? I personally have no problem with the Bible, but it seems to be sort of hypocritical to stop the prayers and the 10 commandments, yet still swear on the Bible to tell the truth in Court.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I watch alot of judge shows and I never see them swear on the Bible anymore on there. they always have them raise their right hand to swear and that is it.