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religious beliefs not or should not, affect testifying accurately or honestly,,, the right hand on a bible is just symbolism

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that's prolly how i'd look at it...the only time i ever testified, it was a trivial little traffic thing that i didn't have a personal stake in...i just did the bible oath rather than make a big deal about making a solemn affirmation instead

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yep,, I did the same,, the couple of x's I was called to testify ( not in traffic court lol )

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There are provisions for non-religious oath taking. Making a solemn promise to tell the truth is legally acceptable and binding.

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Not necessarily. Just because you are an Athiest, doesn't automatically make you a liar. If the court makes you place your hand on a bible, and swear, and you don't believe in the bible, it doesn't mean you lied. They could as easily have you swear on a dictionary, and it would still be as binding. I don't know why they still insist on using the bible or any religious text for swearing in. Whatever happened to separation of state and church?

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There is no requirement to place your hand on a religious text and swear to a god. Your word to swear to tell the truth and only the truth is as legally binding and purjory has the same consequences.

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That's what I would think. So, can you just say 'no I won't place my hand on a bible'? I am in Canada, and I have no idea how the courts work here, let alone anywhere else.

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you just beat the system...... ;)

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