Jaime - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
I went to the courthouse today to drop off an affidavit of service for my custody hearing in October and because I served my Son's father with the papers, I had to fill out the affidavit and swear and affirm my signature. I presented the court clerk with my identification and she then grabbed a Bible off of one of the desks in the office and said (I'm paraphrasing a bit) "if you can just place your right hand on the bible..." and to that I responded "really?". It ended up that I did not have to place my hand on the bible and swear my signature and that part of the affidavit was scratched off leaving the 'affirmation' of my signature. I guess I'm a bit confused. First off if the Church and State are separate, then why is an oath sworn on the Bible? And second, why, why, why? My oath would not be anymore true or false if I swore and affirmed my signature on the latest issue of 'In Touch' magazine, so I find this practice completely unnecessary and extremely contradictory to all of the leaps and bounds that the judicial system has gone to separate law and religion.
Maybe I'm missing something...any thoughts or opinions?
I should note that I live in Canada and I'm aware that different countries will have their own laws and rules with regard to religion and law...but I just can't wrap my head around it.