You can choose to swear in over the Q'uran or Torah as well, should you so choose.MODS: If you feel this is not acceptable..or offends anyone...please delete.
I have wondered about this since I had government in high school and have never got a logical/civil answer. It would border on Constitutional rights and judiciary proceedings.
We are sworn in before testimony...hand on the Bible, right hand in the air etc.
Everyone knows that in judiciary proceedings, hearsay evidence is not permissible in court (discounting dying testimony).
This is where I'm sorry if I offend anyone...
Why then are we asked to put our hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth. It is a known fact; most Bibles were written AFTER the death of Christ and the entire content of which is...Hearsay testimony! So how can we be asked to swear to tell the truth on a book containing words/testimony not allowed as evidence in judiciary proceedings?
This stems from an acquaintance of mine who says he was fined for contempt of court for refusing to swear in for testimony. This too is hearsay...that's what he claimed...I don't know.
Second question: Are we required by law to be sworn in using a Bible...any Bible? I have seen on the news, various denominations challenging this but have never heard any outcome from it.
Can we be charged for contempt or court procedure violations?
I welcome any serious answers, no theological debates please.Â*
Most courts don't use a book at all these days.