I’ve always found it hypocritical that Christianity appears in the judicial system considering the US has no official religion, though clearly the culture has been influenced by it. Stuff like swearing on the bible or the 10 commandments statue outside that courthouse is something I disagree with though. It’s gotten away with when technically it shouldn’t be, not if the country is going to uphold what it preaches. lolpun.
I don’t think very many Americans mind though since 78% of the population considers themselves to be Christian. I kinda think those numbers are massaged quite a bit though. I think a bunch of people believe in something and due to culture think it’s a Christian God, even if they themselves aren’t a practicing Christian. This is what I’ve seen in my own life, anyway. I hardly have a statistic for that.
I suppose in the removal of things such as the bible and the 10 commandments statue there would be more supporters of keeping it than protesters on the matter.
If one refuses to swear on the bible I wonder what else would be sacred enough to swear on…and what about atheists? I wonder if they keep sacred texts of other religions handy for people who aren’t Christians…I kinda doubt it. I know there was a controversy of Muslims wanting to swear on the Koran awhile back. It’s that sort of ignorant shit that gets people protesting the influence of Christianity on the judicial system.
The judicial system is influenced by a single religion more than it has any right to be; a recent example is that there was this news story a little while ago where the courts forced this woman to change the name of her child from Messiah, claiming that Jesus was the only one who deserves that title/name. Never mind that he’s not the messiah to a great many people and certain cultures, such as Spanish/Latin cultures, find nothing wrong with naming their children Jesus (hey-soose)
I can’t think of anything universally sacred enough to swear on though. Maybe your life? Either way, it doesn’t keep people from lying, it’s only supposed to psychologically influence you into telling the truth.