I got a Jury Duty summons and I have to go on Monday.

How do Atheists handle the swearing in?

Can you ask for a secular swearing?

And what about the "so help me god" part?

Anyone know anything about this?

Anyone serve on a jury and have some advise.

Well - I got another Jury Duty summons .....

I was chosen for this Jury service and I served and found a verdict with the other 12.

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 I swear by the Constitution of the USA.  Is what I would say??? I swear by no fancies!!! 

I've served in Los Angeles three times in the last six years and I honestly don't recall a reference to god in the swearing in. No "so help me god", No bibles....good luck!

Well I hope I get that too.

Thank you very much DHK! I love Star Wars. : )

Hey Steph!  When I told you I have Jury Duty also next week and for the first time, I never thought of this! I'm glad you brought it up!  We will have to compare notes!~ Melinda

Steph & Melinda.  There is NO requirement that when taking an oath, or being sworn in as witness or juror, that anyone has to swear to god.  You can request an affirmation. The whole point of taking an oath is to impress upon the person the severity of consequences should they lie.

I once was sworn in to testify in front of a tribunal of the Illinois Supreme Court. The Clerk asked if I swore to god, which I promptly answered "No." Dead silence in the room. I then told the Clerk I won't swear to any gods, but would solemnly affirm to tell the truth. In fact, based on my first answer, I just did.

Thanks for that info Pat!~ Melinda

My pleasure.

The "so help me god" during the swearing in process is pro forma -- it is like "bless you" after a sneeze. When I have jury duty, I just go along with the crowd. I would be more than amazed to find out that someone's oath was nullified because they were an atheist.  If you have a moral qualm about the "appearance" of belief, then you can go find the bailiff or clerk and tell them you need a civil oath instead of the "religious" one.

Steph, thanks for bringing up this question.  I have not had Jury duty but Pat's response seems reasoned.  I  imagine you could just solemnly affirm.

Not too helpful on this, but here is a blog about why it's beneficial for atheists to be on jury duty.

Thank you Sentient - I am going to that link.

Thanks for the site; I'm reposting. 


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