so help me who?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Feb 17 2001 - 19:04:15 MST

Spike Jones wrote:

> Religion Inc is too powerful, its adherents far too numerous, for the tiny
> upstart extropian movement to take it on....Let us choose our battles
> wisely. Let us present
> a religion alternative in a non-threatening way, if possible. spike

Question, please Greg Burch. I havent been in a court trial in...
well, ever, but they used to make a witness put her hand on
a bible and swear to tell the truth so help her god.

Do they still do that? What would I do if called to testify? Instead of
saying "I do" what would happen if I replied "So help me me." ?
What do they do if it is a trial in Santa Clara county where
there might be not a single christian in the room? There might
be a buncha budhists, hindus, muslims, a wiccan or two, but
no one who would recognize a bible as a lie detector. Does
the witness get thrown out by the jury if they refuse to swear
on a bible or to god? Would they ever make someone swear
with their hand on a koran? If I brought a copy of Hofstadter's
Escher Godel Bach and asked to substitute, would that fly? spike

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