So people swear on the bible in court (or whatever religious text they want), but does anyone know what atheists do? I mean if I was ever in that situation and they told me to swear on some religious text I'd probably just laugh at them. Has anyone had experience with this?

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Comment by Raven on May 6, 2011 at 12:12am
Ah. Thank you. I've never actually even been in a courtroom so I just assumed they still did that :)
Comment by Beefaice on May 6, 2011 at 12:53am
If it still happened, I would say, 'yes I do swear, but not on that thing.'
Comment by BryanPaul on May 6, 2011 at 1:21am
I did it. I'm in Louisiana and they do it here. I just put my hand on it and said I do. The south takes that book to heart and would probably find me in contempt if I said anything out of line. There are times when you just gotta let it go, lol. If they found me in contempt, who would I complain to? Besides I'd have to pay the fine first or spend the 30 days in jail. Just say "I do" and move on.
Comment by Raven on May 6, 2011 at 1:24am
I would sue them and keep appealing until it reached someone logical.
Comment by Raven on May 6, 2011 at 1:25am

And how could they find you in contempt? Contempt of what? How is that illegal? How could they fine you or send you to jail?

Comment by Raven on May 6, 2011 at 1:29am
Well what if I was in that situation and wanted to swear on a Torah? (raised Jewish) Would I still be in contempt? If so, how is that legal to say one religious text is better than another?
Comment by BryanPaul on May 6, 2011 at 2:15am
They wouldn't hold you in contempt for that. At least not in my area. I don't know for sure but they may keep the torah on hand for such cases but if not they would likely just let you hold up your hand and say I do, but being the deep south a "I can't swear on that because I'm an atheist" will get you some special attention I'm sure. They will bend for religion but they tuff on a no religion stance. They don't mind putting you somewhere to find some religion, lol. They get so much a day for each person in lockup around here. So they get payed to lock you up.
Comment by Jason Lamar Sorensen on May 6, 2011 at 9:54am
This was a question I had a long time ago, go figure it was Nelson to the rescue. Lol.
Comment by James on May 6, 2011 at 10:53pm
From my understanding, the law allows you to give a secular affirmation (like Lee said) if you prefer. Actually, disallowing you that option would be a violation.
Comment by Ethan Levy on May 6, 2011 at 11:24pm
i swear to tell the truth as much as this book does.. hha

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