SWEARING AN OATH ON THE BIBLE MAY DISAPPEAR IN COURT ROOMS – I swear by almighty God that I shall tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth… yes those famous words uttered by any witness in a court room whilst preparing to give evidence could become a thing of the past.
A number of judges are moving to ban the Bible from court rooms as they feel that such an oath is no longer relevant or taken seriously by those who swear such an oath.
The controversial plans by senior judges feel that the traditional oath is somewhat outdated however the move will not affect the taking of the oath but rather remove the part – ‘I swear by almighty God.’
The move goes beyond the mere acknowledgement that most people don’t take the oath seriously. Judges now have to consider something that is fairer for everyone due to differing religions and of course those who do not believe in God; apparently a growing number of people find the notion and ideologies of the Bible completely and utterly absurd.
The passage used in order to swear in a witness has a long and illustrious Christian heritage but is its use relevant in modern times? In fact recently meebal.com published an article on religion in the modern day and examined whether religion, of any type, was in fact relevant in modern times.
Critics from the Christian sect have already voiced their concerns that Christian values, whatever they are perceived to be, are eroding in Britain and that the courts already allow atheists to use a different oath in order be sworn in as a witness.
Senior Church officials have stated that this move would be yet another step at removing the Christian heritage from Britain and already is being eroded piece by piece – some are suggesting that this will be another move toward increasing secularization in British society if such a move is allowed to be made.
Judges have defended their position and have stated that the move is not anti-religious in any way but is simply a reality that people either do not take the oath seriously or that the final part causes offense to some individuals.
The Church pointed out that in the last consensus that some 60 per cent of the population denoted Christian as their preferred faith and that such a move is ignoring the statistical reality that most British people still remain faithful to the Church and the teachings of the Holy Bible.
In courts today people of differing faiths are provided with copies of their own scriptures, such as the Koran, to swear upon but under the plans by some judges this would all be removed and a witness would simply be sworn in using the following line… “I promise very sincerely to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and I understand that if I fail to do so I will be committing an offence for which I will be punished and may be sent to prison.”
Considering the issues and conflicts that religion has caused and continues to cause throughout Britain and indeed the world maybe it is time for a change. Maybe it is time to put away these childish and absurd notions of a higher power.
Yes I am sure that some may be offended by such a suggestion but the truth is that any so-called holy book is irrelevant in modern times. There is frankly nothing factual in the Holy Bible, it is simply fabrication and fantasy and it amazes those who understand this how so many remain indoctrinated and brainwashed by something that is little more than drivel.
I for one would certainly support such a move by the judges for it is time to move on and time to stop the world’s atrocities in the name of a high-power that simply does not exist but remains a good excuse for many to murder, rape and commit other heinous crimes against humanity.
The bible, along with all other books, should be relegated to the archives of human history – that or simply sell them out of a joke shop; either way is fitting.