Why aren't people required to swear on the Constitution in court?

Pretty simple question. Why should the bible be used?

I would much rather swear on the Constitution myself.  

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In most swearing-in ceremonies the phrase: "Do you swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States" is a part of it.  Why not swear in with your hand on a copy of the Constitution?  It's also part of the military's swearing in. There are other parts of the swearing-in that refer to the specific duties of an office but are secondary to upholding the Constitution.

A significant portion of public officials could be charged with failing to adhere to that part of the oath of office. 

Yes, though in the military oath is the (optional) "so help me God," which I omitted every time I re-enlisted.

Like I omit "under god" in the Pledge or are you given that option?

In which branch of the military did you serve?  I did four years in USAF as a lowly AGE repairman.


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