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The Legal Requirement of Testifying Under Oath in Court II

By

Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif

©Copyright 2010 by Anthony J. Fejfar

Ordinarily, in Court, a witness must be sworn under oath ,before testifying. The

traditional oath used is to say “I swear to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, so help

me God.” The problem with this, however, is that many religious sects, satanists, and

atheist materialists, refuse to testify with the above oath because it refers to God.

However, another oath exists which is valid, and secular, and generally binding, on even

satanists, and, that is the oath as follows: “I swear to tell the truth, and nothing but the

truth, under pain of perjury.” The phrase, “under pain of perjury” means simply, that

the person can be prosecuted for perjury, criminally, if the person lies under the aforesaid

oath, as a witness in court. Therefore, if a person refuses to take the traditional oath, “so

help me God,” as a witness, the “under pain of perjury” oath can be taken instead, and is

binding, even on satanists, and, under their rules, they cannot object. Finally, if the

person claims that he or she cannot take an oath at all, then the person can be required to

state: “I agree to state the truth and nothing but the truth, under pain of perjury.”