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Please can we stop religious oaths in the legal process?
Sigh> There must be some element of law reform which is more pressing than this, surely.
I never fail to be astonished by the militancy of the secular mafia. Every client I've ever had swear an oath or affirmation appreciated being offered a choice. Making an oath is a personal issue - where is the prejudice to anyone in there being a suite of options?
And, in administering the oath as a solicitor it isn't about the solicitor. This article bemoans "the solicitor is 'obliged to say all these religious words too', regardless of the solicitor’s own beliefs... section 1(2) then places a 'further imposition' on the solicitor. He or she has to 'endure' this without any quibble if the person taking the oath wants to 'do all this ceremonial mumbo-jumbo'" Good grief. You're an officer of the court and a member of a noble profession. You're getting paid. Seriously. Can we please discuss something important?
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