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in court, on a bible, did you just tell a lie? sure you woulda/coulda/shoulda made a solemn affirmation, but you didn't...so, how wrong was it?
atadir atadir 51-55, M 7 Answers Aug 11, 2012 in WTK

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atheism is also a kind of religion...........

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Yes, and they can be just as adamant and fervent and devout as the most fanatical Christian or Muslim or Jew.

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Thats one definition, and one the religiously minded seem to take great pleasure in.

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If atheism is a kind of religion then asymmetry is some kind of symmetry....

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correct,...........assymetry is nt a by product.......its a part of symmetry..........

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You guys just left me in your dust. What I meant is that some Atheists are just as adamant as the most fervent religious people. Some are even more so.

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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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Atheists are not required to swear on the bible. They can swear to tell the truth under penalty of perjury. By the way, atheists are no less truthful or moral than anyone else.

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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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