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Comment 2 by Quine

Some States also have laws on the books that prohibit Atheists from giving testimony in Court because (originally) it was felt that we would not be bound by oath, and so not trusted to tell the truth. Federal law also covers that, but in some States you have to ask the Court clerk before the trial to administer a "non-religious affirmation" when you take the stand.

As I recall, in UK courts, there is a card with the oath and a bible, and also a card with an affirmation, beside the witness box. It does not seem to be difficult issue to arrange. People are simply asked to swear or affirm they will tell the truth by reading from the appropriate card.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:02:58 UTC | #907900